Cpl O.C Pape SAMC and ACF
Oliver Claude Pape had pre war service and had enlisted into the 1st Mobile Field Ambulance SAMC on the 1st July 1913. His rank at that time was Pte and his Regimental number was D 1552. He was 21 yrs old, single and working as a clerk. He was living in King William’s Town.
With the outbreak of WW1 Pape like many other served in the GSWA Campaign. He suffered from recurring issues with his right knee due to an old football injury. He was sent to Upington during February 1915 so that he could have his knee looked at. The diagnosis was chronic synovitis (semi lunar cartilage) It was concluded that he be sent back to Cape Town for treatment. He remained in Upington until the 04/03/1915 before leaving for Wynberg Hospital. He was on the pay roll as being on active service in GSWA from the 28/08/1914 until the 12/06/1915.
Five months later on the 27/11/1915 he attested into the 2nd Brigade of the South African Expeditionary Forces for service in the SAMC at Potchefstroom. His attestation papers show that he had 2 yrs and 6 months service with the 1st Mobile Field Ambulance. He was now 22 yrs old. Oliver was issued the Regimental number 704 and as a Private he began immediately with his training. He was promoted to Corporal within 3 weeks and a month later he was posted to GEA, sailing on the 22/01/1916.
Like many many others he was to suffer from Malaria and found himself in and out of Hospital and eventually was sent back to Durban arriving on the 08/12/1916. He was on leave until the 11/04/1917 and then reported to the Durban Base in Congella. He had not fully recovered and was placed back on sick leave until the 19/06/1917. Pape had been hit hard by Malaria and it was decided that on the 23/12/1917 he be permanently discharged as being unfit for tropical service and temporary unfit for non-tropical service.
Pape went back to King Williams Town and carried on with his pre-war occupation.
His 1914-15 Star was dispatched on the 22/12/1920 and his BWM and Bilingual Allied victory medal on the 17/05/1922.
With the onset of WW2, Pape again decided to enlist and do his bit for King and Country. He attested into the Coast Guard and Citizens Forces in East London on the 05/12/1940. He was now married to Evangelina Maryna. He was issued with the Regimental number 156602 and the rank of Private. He served with the 7th Battalion of the SA Coastal Defence Corps (ACF part Time). He served until the 19/02/1943 when he was discharged as medically unfit.
His sole entitlement for WW2 is the ASM (Africa Service Medal). This has the not often seen ACF prefix and was dispatched to him on the 12/01/1959.
A nice group, the Trio mounted as worn with sown on safety pins. The ASM is not mounted. Also sold with a silver hallmarked football medal and 28 odd pages of research from the SANDF Archives.