Queen’s South Africa Medal with 4 clasps Elandslaagte, Relief of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek , Belfast: 6190 Pte D. Armstrong Gordon Highrs
Private Armstrong was a native of Derryhale in county Armagh. He was wounded at Elandslaagte on October 21, 1899 and was evacuated with other injured men. Consequently he did not join the remainder of the battalion besieged at Ladysmith but instead participated in the relief of the town.
This clasp combination is very unusual and indeed rare to the regiment with a total of 4 QSAs only bearing these 4 clasps.
Armstrong was entitled to a KSA
ex "Lees" collection (Sotheby 3/86)
The 5 companies of the Gordons who participated in the battle bore the brunt of the casualties as this table (the Times Oct. 24, 1899) illustrates: