Royal Victorian Medal Edward VII issue in bronze, (T.D.H. Long). 5967 Private T. D. H. Long, King’s Royal Rifle Corps VF/GVF
Thomas Dawson Henry Long was born in Oxford in February 1871 and enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in October 1890, aged 19 years. He was posted to the 4th Battalion and embarked for Burma in the following year, where he saw action in the Lushai operations in 1892. Having then been advanced to Corporal in February 1894, he was present in the relief of Chitral operations in 1895 .The Battalion was next embarked for the South Africa and it was here, in December 1897, that Long was transferred to the Army Reserve. He subsequently found employment as Chief Messenger at Government House, Cape Town and it was in this capacity that he was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal in bronze for the Duke of Connaught’s visit in 1910. He later served in the Cape Peninsula Garrison Regiment in the period August 1917 to February 1918.Following the Great War, Long became Chief Commissionaire to the Earl of Athlone, the Governor-General of South Africa. He was also a long-served Secretary of the Ex-Riflemen Association, Cape Town; above details courtesy of the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, Winchester. Court mounted for wear.