Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
(x) South Africa 1834-53 (Cornet J. T. Cramer, 7th. Dragn. Gds.), bent suspension post, edge bruising, nearly very fine
John Thomas Cramer was born in March 1820, the younger son of John Cramer of Rathmore, Co. Cork; the family was 'of great antiquitv, and came originally from Germany, one of its ancestors, Colonel Tobias Kramer, being Governor at the siege of Ostend.' Young John studied law at Trinity College, Dublin and, although called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1842, he opted for a Cornetcy in the 7th Dragoon Guards in December 1843.
He was subsequently present in operations against the insurgent Boers in South Africa in 1845, in addition to the Second War of 1846-47, when he had his horse shot in the affair at Trompeter's Drift, while commanding the rear-guard (Medal). He was advanced to Lieutenant in March 1847.
Returning to Ireland in the 1850s, Cramer resided at Ballindinisk, near Kinsale, Co. Cork. and served as a J.P.
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