I’m very grateful to you for checking the register for me. As I said above, I wish I’d read your post earlier. However, at the NA I saw that his trail indeed led to the Bushveldt Carbineers and so I was able to take the opportunity to look at his attestation form
Interestingly, it made no mention of the ten months he served with the IMR, stating instead that he had served 10 months with Thorneycroft’s MI (in fact he only served 7 months with that unit). I saw that he had also bumped his age up from 19 to 23. So he evidently bigged himself up a bit.
The year before, on his attestation form for Thorneycroft’s MI, he had claimed 6 months service with an NZ unit – hard to decipher the spelling, but it looked like ‘Kelbarma Rifles, NZ’.
Since he was only 19 and probably only a year out of school (As you kindly point out, Repton public school!), this seems doubtful to me, but I suppose it’s possible.
At any rate, after being accepted into the Bushveldt Carbineers who promoted him Sergeant, he ended up only serving 3 months before he was discharged.
As is by now probably apparent to you, I don’t know much about Boer War history but, having just read Lt Witton’s ‘Scapegoats of the Empire’ on Gutenberg, I’m very surprised that someone as green as Jamieson could have lasted even three months in a tough-nut unit like the Bushveldt Carbineers, let alone made the rank of sergeant..
I’m guessing he was discharged because he wasn’t up to the job – perhaps also the reason why he was transferred from Thorneycroft’s to the Railway service.
Is this an unfair interpretation, or were men commonly transferred into and out of units with no reflection on their suitability, experience or competence?
Is this man’s record of service in the Imperial Irregular Corps typical?
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