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Award of The Queen's Scarf To
Private R.R. Thompson
This is to certify that Private R.R. Thompson, late, D Company 2 Royal Canadian Regiment was awarded the Queen's Scarf for bravery during the recent South African Campaign under the following circumstances: In July 1900, official notification was received by Colonel W.D. Otter, CB. ADC, Commanding the 2 Royal Canadian Regiment that Her Majesty the late Queen proposed awarding to a non-commissioned officer or man in each of the Colonial Contingents who might be nominated as having performed the bravest of act during the War a scarf worked or made by herself. The regiment was then stationed on the line of communications at Springs and Colonel Otter at once had the Staff and Officers Commanding Companies brought together for the selection of the non-commissioned officer or man to represent The Royal Canadian Regiment. After considerable discussion, the decision was made in favour of Private R.R. Thompson, late D Company, 2 Royal Canadian Regiment and his name was forwarded accordingly. The scarf was in due time received and given to Private Thompson.
The Particular acts upon which Private Thompson was selected were as follows:
First: Having on the night of Eighteenth-Nineteenth February 1900 kept Private Bradshaw who was left dangerously wounded at Paardeberg alive by the care and attendance bestowed upon him until he could be properly attended to.
Second: Having twice left the trenches on the morning of the capture of the Boer Laager at Paardeberg, the Twenty-seventh February 1900 at the imminent risk of his own life for the purpose of assisting wounded comrades lying some distance in front of the trenches.
December 24th 1908