|5144 Pte. J.O’Connor, 17th Lancers
Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal.
Wounded in action Kroonstad 17 September 1900 & invalided.
With six photocopy pages of service documents. John O’Connor enlisted as number 3145 in
the 21st Hussars at Swansea 5 November 1889 aged 22 years 1 month. Born Cork.
Occupation labourer. Court martialled 7 April 1894 for insubordination and sentenced to
12 months imprisonment with hard labour, 6 months of which was remitted. Court martialled
10 December 1896 for striking a native while serving in Egypt and sentenced to 7 days
imprisonment with hard labour. Courts of enquiry were held at Secunderabad 28 August
1896 and Cairo 31 August 1897 and 2 December 1897 relating to injuries sustained on
service. Transferred to Army Reserve 25 January 1898. Character bad. Recalled to army
service 18 January 1900.
It is unclear at which point he transferred to the 17th Lancers but it was probably on his
recall. Sentenced to 14 days imprisonment with hard labour 4 April 1900 for an unspecified
offence. Court martialled for an unspecified offence 8 May 1900 and sentenced to 14 days
hard labour. Discharged medically unfit for further service at Ballincollig 10 April 1901.
Character bad. Does not appear in the published casualty roll but his wound is confirmed in
his papers. Medal and clasps confirmed on the roll.