Queen's South Africa Medal with 2 clasps, Cape Colony and
South Africa 1901: - Corporal G.R. Horner (Royal Marines,
137 two clasp medals to this ship.
George Richard Horner was born 3.7.1874 at Stonehouse, Devon.
He enlisted 12.4.1888, his trade an errand boy. Served first as a
Bugler with H Coy. Plymouth Div, R.M. Saw overseas service in
'Terpsichore', South Africa. Promoted Cpl 15.12.1899 and Sgt
19.9.1902. Re-engaged 8.2.1904. Promoted Sgt Instructor of
Musketry 10.11.1905. Shown discharged dead 3.8.1911, next of
kin, his wife at 24 Hobart Street, Stonehouse, Devon. The 1881
census reveals he was living at home with his mother and 3
siblings. His mother Elizabeth is shown as a wife of a private of a
RM. George was the oldest of 4 kids when the census was taken.
Terpsichore was sent to the Cape Station following the loss of
Sybille. The CC/SA01 combination relates to landings at
Lambert's Bay where the Sybille was wrecked. A Boer Commando
under Maritz was active in the area and expected to attack soon
but Captain Coke discovered that the local garrison was only 54
strong with only another 30 mounted rifles at the nearby village
of Van Rhynsdorp. The ship's carpenters went ashore first to
construct some blockhouses then on 1 November 150 officers and
men with 4 Maxims were landed. When the Boers arrived they
saw the garrison had been strongly reinforced so just hung
around, stole some cattle and after 10 days moved inland.