Three: Colour Sergeant A. R. Ayres, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, Relief of Kimberley, Cape Colony, second clasp loose on riband (3840 Sejt. A. R. Ayers, Oxford: Lt. Inft.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 3840 Serjt. A. R. Ayres. Oxford: L.I.); Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (3840 C. Sjt: A. R. Ayres. Oxf: & Bucks: L.I.) edge bruising and light contact marks, otherwise very fine (3) £220-£260
Arthur Robert Ayres was born at Tylers Green, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and attested for the Oxfordshire Light Infantry at High Wycombe on 3 February 1892. He was appointed Lance Corporal in the 1st Battalion on 6 September 1893, and was promoted Corporal on 23 February 1895, and Sergeant on 29 November 1897. He was transferred to the Army Reserve on 3 February 1899, but was recalled to the Colours for service in the South African War on 4 December 1899. He was intended to be demobilised in May 1903, but elected to re-enlist as Sergeant on 16 March 1903. He was again discharged on termination of his second period of engagement on 2 February 1913. His service papers confirm the medal and clasp entitlement for the Q.S.A. and K.S.A., however the medal roll for the Q.S.A., only notes entitlement to the Relief of Kimberley clasp. He died on 24 May 1940, whilst living on the Cowley Road, Oxford.
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