Coleman had extensive service in the South African Forces during the First World War.
He initially served in South West Africa with the 8th Mounted Rifles, and later in East Africa with the 9th South African Horse. He was discharged from the 9th SAH 17th in March 1917 (Medically unfit), however that couldn’t keep him down. Shortly after he re-enlisted with the 2nd South Africa Infantry Regiment on the 27th of June 1917 and arrived in France on the 17th of January 1918. Coleman was taken POW on the 23rd of March 1918 during the German spring offensive of 1918. He was later released on the 1st of December 1918 and discharged on the 2nd of June 1919.
This group is made up of a very large assortment of physical items (In addition to scanned copies of all his existing service documentation), which are ALL original copies, including but not limited to:
– Full medal trio, two issue envelopes, 3 piece of issue slips
– Medal ribbon bar
– Somme commemorative medal with documentation and certification with issue envelope
– Newspaper cutting “The Star Johannesburg”, Thursday 10th November 1966 detailing the Somme commemorative medal
– 16 unique photographs including all pictured, three battlefield photos and many duplicates. Several have handwritten notes on the reverse detailing the names of fellow soldiers ect.
– Notes regarding service history
– Email print outs between descendants and South African historian regarding the group and framing
– Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTH) Membership Certificate dated 14th August 1948, Lone Tree Shellhole, Transvaal
– MOTH Association Blazer pocket Bullion Patch (Stunning)
– Discharge papers for SAI & 9th SAH with envelope
– Release from captivity letter from Buckingham palace
– 2 unique photos of South Africans on parade
– Safe return home letter from Buckingham palace
– Overseas service chevrons (maximum entitlement)