|Queen South Africa medal with clasp "South Africa 1902"
2127 GNR. S. McCALLION. 63rd. Coy. R.G.A
Samuel McCallion was a native of Londonderry. He enlisted
in the Royal Artillery on January 15th, 1894 having
previously belonged to the Londonderry Artillery. His
occupation was listed as a labourer. Samuel did not sign his
name at the time and marked his attestation papers with an
"X" for his mark.
His papers show that his brother was serving in the Argyll
and Sutherland Highlanders at the time of his attestation.
He served at home then Malta and finally Jamaica before
sailing to S. Africa at the end of Dec. 1901. He appears to
have spent less than 8 months in South Africa returning as
an invalid in August and being discharged as unfit 2 months
His service seemed rather uneventful, conduct was best
described as fair overall having been tried for various
offences 4 times during the last 4 years of his service.
One of his trials resulted in 84 days imprisonment.
The single SA 1902 clasp is not often seen to Imperial