Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1902. Lieutenant O. V. Forbes Middlesex Regiment. GVF/EF


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Engraved in the usual officers running script.
Known as Vernie. He was born on 22 July 1880 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment on 18 April 1900, having previously served in the Militia. He was promoted Lieutenant on 18 November 1900, and served with No. 1 (Middlesex) Company, 21st Battalion, Mounted infantry in South Africa during the Boer War. He transferred to the Half-Pay list on 16 February 1906, and died on 6 March 1909 – Online research shows his death date to be incorrect and instead is recorded as 1953. After the war he patented two inventions.
The 1901 census shows him in Barracks St, Botolphs, Aldgate, a Lieutenant in the Infantry, aged 20 years, with the 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. By 1902, he was with the 4th Gloucester Regiment. Vernie played in senior tennis tournaments in the early 1900’s and invented and patented a tennis racquet stringing system. He also invented a method of attaching leather soles to shoes which he patented.