The Late Bruce C Cazel Collection of British Campaign Awards

Date of Auction: 16th November 2009

Sold for £860

Estimate: £500 - £600

Five: Corporal C. Boddington, Rhodesia Regiment, injured by being ‘struck by lightning’ on 31 October 1900; and wounded in action at Taveta, Kenya, 12 February 1916

British South Africa Company Medal 1890-97, reverse Rhodesia 1896 (Troopr., M.R.F.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 6 clasps, Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek, South Africa 1901 (214 Tpr., Bethune’s M.I.) last clasp loose; 1914-15 Star (1171 Pte., 2-Rhodesia Regt.); British War and Victory Medals (1171 Cpl., 2-Rhodesia Regt.) minor contact marks, very fine and better (5)


Charles Boddington served as a Trooper in the Matabeleland Relief Force during the 1896 Rebellion. During the 2nd Boer War he served in Bethune’s Mounted Infantry, 19 October 1899-6 January 1901. He was unlucky enough to be injured having been struck by lightning, at Blood River, on 31 October 1900 (Note: in the published Casualty roll his service number is given as ‘224’). Boddington attested for the 2nd Rhodesia Regiment on 21 August 1915, and left for British East Africa in a draft of 93 men on 27 September 1915. Promoted to Corporal in November 1915, he was severely wounded in action at Taveta on 12 February 1916. Boddington returned to South Africa on 5 May 1916 and was discharged as medical unfit at Wynberg on 19 July 1916. With copied research.