Stephen Hay
and
James McCabe
India General Service
with one clasp Punjab
Frontier 1897-98,
5369 Pte.J. Mc Cabe,
1st Bn Gord Hrs
India General Service
Medal  with two clasps
Punjab Frontier and
Tirah 5101 Pte S. Hay,
1st Bn Gord Highrs
Private Stephen Hay was
from Stonehaven. He enlisted
on July 14, 1894 and after
serving in the first battalion,
he elected to remain  in India
with the second battalion
rather than return to
Scotland in 1898. The
battalion sailed to S. Africa
before the war began and a
week after war was declared,
he was killed at Elandslaagte.

He was interred at
Elandslaagte Battleridge and
his name is on the regimental
monument at the site.
James McCabe was from
Galashiels, enlisted  May 2,
1895 and like Private Hay,
decided to stay in India rather
than return to Scotland with
the first battalion. He died of
wounds at Ladysmith on Oct
22, 1899 following the battle
of Elandslaagte.

He was buried at Ladysmith
Cemetery and is noted as being
a Roman Catholic. He was in
"C" Company.

A contemporary report by Pte
W. Reed in the
Newcastle
Daily Chronicles
on Dec. 4th,
1899 mentions him amongst
some of his lost comrades and
refers to him as Ginger McCabe

The single clasp Punjab
Frontier is relatively scarce to
the Regt.
I have grouped this pair together for several reasons; both men likely knew each other, served together in
India, decided to switch battalions rather than return to Scotland, fought together at
Elandslaagte and
died within 24 hours of each other. They are both entitled to a single clasp QSA and until such times as I
can reunite the medals I will keep the IGS medals paired together.

Both men appear on the panels within All Saints Church in Ladysmith as is evidenced below: