The Boer War Distinguished Conduct Medal group of four medals to Battery Sergeant Major Thomas Dolan, Royal Artillery: D.C.M., who was mentioned in despatches for his part in the Battle of Stormberg: D.C.M., 1st type obverse (17350 BTY: SERJT: MAJOR T. DOLAN. R.F.A.); Queen's South Africa, first type (b) with fail ghost dates, 3 clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg (17350 B.S. MAJOR. T. DOLAN, 74TH BTY., R.F.A.), impressed; Army Long Service and Good Conduct, 2nd obverse (17350. B:S: MAJ: T. DOLAN. R.A.),engraved; Army Meritorious Service Medal, George V (a), non-swivelling suspension (B.S. MJR. T. DOLAN. D.C.M. R.A.), later ribbons; in a red leather covered Spink box together with a photograph of the recipient and copy research; some edge bruising and slight official alterations, otherwise good very fine or better.
D.C.M. L.G. 27/09/1901; M.I.D. 10/09/1901; M.S.M. Army Order 127/1932
Born Kilkenny, Ireland, June 1859. Enlisted Portsmouth 31st January 1879. Served in India and South Africa. Discharged Athlone 19th March 1901 after 22 years service. Place of residence given as the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.
The battle of the Stormberg 9th and 10th September, was a British defeat that was partly redeemed by the efforts of the artillery (Dolan of 74th Battery among them) in covering the retreat of the infantry.