INDIA GENERAL SERVICE 1854-95, CLASP, BURMA 1889-92 ‘2/LIEUT: A. S. CRUM. 2/OXF: L.I.’, QUEEN’S SOUTH AFRICA 1899, CLASPS, CAPE COLONY, RHODESIA ‘CAPT. A. S. CRUM. 18/IMPL. YEO.’, BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-20 ‘MAJOR A. S. CRUM.’
Alexander Stewart Crum was born on 20 March 1867 and was educated at Eton and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 2/Oxfordshire Light Infantry on 17 September 1887. Advanced Lieutenant on 23 January 1892 he resigned his commission on 24 July 1897. All his service was spent with the Oxfordshire Light Infantry in India and he served in the Burma Campaign, 1891, with the Wunthoo Column (Medal & clasp).
During the Boer War Crum served with the 18th Battalion (Sharpshooters), Imperial Yeomanry. This battalion was raised on 30 December 1899 and consisted of the 67th, 70th, 71st and 75th Companies. Promoted Captain, Crum was given command of 67th Company which was raised in London, and quartered at St. John's Wood Barracks. The battalion embarked for South Africa at Southampton on 6 April 1900 and would serve as part of the Rhodesia Field Force. Arriving in Africa in May 1900, they landed at the swampy and insect ridden Mozambique town of Beira. Once in the Cape the men were sent the five miles to Maitland Camp where conditions soon proved to be quite awful. The camp was understaffed and had few facilities for the huge influx of men it was meant to deal with, for many the journey up country would be a welcome change from the cramped conditions and ennui of the Base camp. See “Rhodesia And After Being the Story of the 17th and 18th Battalions of Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa”, a copy of which on CD is included with the research. Captain Crum was invalided (reason unknown) in late 1900.
During the Great War Crum served as Major, Second-in-Command of the 9th (Service) Battalion and in September 1916 in the same appointment with the 36th Training Reserve Battalion (British War Medal confirmed as sole entitlement as per MIC). A keen pig-sticker when in India, the Major died on 24 July 1941.
Condition NEF, mounted as worn. Official corrections to unit on first. Sold together with copied research.