A Four Clasp QSA to John William Bryers of the Railway Pioneer Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Origionally from England, Bryers was a Miner before the war, enlisting in the Railway Pioneer Regiment on the 28th of December 1899.
On the 18th December 1899, recruiting was opened at Cape Town; and before Lord Roberts commenced his advance from Bloemfontein to Pretoria the first regiment was organised, its work being to assist in protecting the railways and to repair bridges, culverts, and lines when broken. Lord Roberts himself stated that – “The Pioneer Regiment consisted almost entirely of civilian refugees, mostly mechanics from Johannesburg, and it rendered excellent service. To its aid and that of the Royal Engineer officers and men we were indebted for the fact that the railways very seldom lost touch with the fighting portion of the army, and that we were able to seize Johannesburg and Pretoria, distant about 1000 miles from our base upon the coast, and 260 miles from Bloemfontein, our advanced depot, with such rapidity that the enemy were unable to concentrate their resources and offer a strongly organised resistance”.
After the war Bryers married his wife Sarah Ann, living in Krugersdorp with his son being born in 1910.
This medal is accompanied by a scanned copy of Bryers’ attestation paper and other documents.