QSA KSA Pair To The RFA, MID For Gallantry
QSA 3 bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State , Transvaal 48956 GNR W SCAIFE 4:B, RFA KSA 2 bars SA01, SA02 49856 GNR W SCAIFE RFA
49856 Gunner W Scaife 4th Battery Royal Field Artillery was MID and promoted Bombardier by the Commander-in-Chief in the London Gazette of the 18th of July 1902 " At Klipdrift, on 7th March,1902, continued to work his gun after all his detachment had been killed or wounded"
Klipdrift ( Battle of Tweebosch ) 7th March 1902
On the night of 6 March Methuen was informed by his Intelligence Officer that a large concentration of Boers, under De la Rey, was nearby. Grenfell was then 36 miles away to the east of Tweebosch and De la Rey moved in between the two columns. His battle plan was much the same as that employed at Ysterspruit, which was to cut the columns into three, and to overcome resistance with a charge, the men firing from the saddle
The column moved off in two divisions from Tweebosch on 7 March 1902, the ox-convoy starting at 0300 hrs, escorted by Cape Police, the Yeomanry, all the Infantry and Lt Venning's two guns.of 4th Battery RFA The main column moved out at 0400hrs, escorted by the Cape Special Police, Ashburner's Light Horse, with one pom-pom forming the advance guard, and Dennison's Scouts and the Diamond Fields Horse the rear guard. Lt Nesham's two guns of 38th Battery RFA were with this column.
By about 0500 hrs the head of the column had reached de Klipdrift on the Great Harts River, when the Boer attack opened on the rear-guard. The fire put down by Nesham's guns and the second pom-pom was effective for a while, but not for long. At 0530 hrs the ox-column was ordered to halt, and at 0600 hrs the attack assumed serious proportions when, in addition to attacking the rear of the column, a movement was made against the column's right flank. Methuen, in accordance with a previous arrangement, took post with the Infantry. Major Paris, commanding the mounted troops, reinforced the rear while Metheun extended the Infantry and brought Venning's guns into action. Lines of charging Boers, firing from the saddle, in extended order, disregarding the heavy fire directed at them, pushed forward. After a small measure of resistance nearly all the Colonial troops broke and fled. The regulars, or the handful that were left, and Nesham's gunners, stood fast. One by one the men of the 38th Battery were shot down, but the guns remained in action. Burgher Willem Richards took up a position behind the guns and shot six gunners. One gun only, served by Lt T. P. W. Nesham, entirely on his own, remained in action. The Boers, admiring the young officer's coolness and courage called on him to surrender. He refused to comply, shouting out: 'I prefer death to surrender.' He, too, was shot down.
Venning's battery suffered the same fate, but continued in action until he fell mortally wounded while serving a gun. At about 0930 hrs Methuen was hit in the thigh. He dismounted and lay down next to his horse. It was hit, wounded a second time, and fell on him, breaking his leg. Colonel E. Townsend, the column's Principal Medical Officer, splinted Methuen's leg with two rifles, and was hit three times in rapid succession.
The fight was over and surrender was inevitable.
Together with copy photo of Scaife in uniform
Medals generally in GVF condition