Despatches

A Korean War MM, medals of a jungle survivalist and a prestigious award bestowed on an earthquake hero

‘QUETTA HERO’ AWARDS HIKE HAMMER PRICES UP

The medals of a former Boer War officer who went on to mastermind relief efforts after a devastating earthquake, and also assisted at Dunkirk, were a highlight of a recent Noonans auction

June 1900, and the 83rd Field Battery lines up its guns ahead of the Battle of Diamond Hill. Among the artillerymen was Henry Karslake. Born on February 10, 1879, he had joined the 83rd in June 1898. A busy Second Boer War saw him transfer to ‘T’ Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, and fight in several actions, later receiving the DSO.

The lieutenant was made a captain in December 1905 and went to France with the British Expeditionary Force in 1914, being promoted to major in October and to brigade major in December. He worked in various divisional and corps staff appointments and served post-war as a staff officer in India and as aide-de-camp to the King.

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