He may have been given his DCM for the Boer War.
I have found a site which says there were 9 DCM's awarded in the Boer War within the Royal West Kent Regiment, but don't know how acurate that is.
There is another site which gives a name list of DCM's awarded in Boer War but...
I have just looked at the above card on Ancestry. There is a number at the side saying 23/9/53 - is this the date he passed away? (sorry just seen you said 52 - not sure what the above number means then - his death is registered in 1953 so I suspect this is the correct medal card)
I have put...
This looks like it could be his medal card from National Archives, which you can download for £2.
Description Medal card of Robertson, Herbert H
Royal West Kent Regiment 3139 Private
Royal Defence Corps 40293 Private
Cannot see anything that jumps out at me immediately. I found a Jonathon Ling on the 1841 census.
St George in the East. St Paul.
Mary Ling 50
Maryann Ling 20
Robert Ling 21
John Ling 15
Jonathan Ling 10
Also this marriage on Pallots - Just thinking about...
Like you, I cannot find any more at the moment. I have just had a trawl through the Digitised Australian Newspaper site just incase. I wondered if David had an obituary when he died, it might have named his children if he had any.
There is this but I don't know if he is the right one
Australian Electoral Roll
John Marshall Sands
Electoral Year: 1919
Subdistrict: Brisbane South
John Marshall Sands
Electoral Year: 1936
State: New South...
This is from an Electoral Roll
Electoral Year: 1930
State: New South Wales
District: South Sydney
Subdistrict: Randwick East
There is also mentions of a David Sands in Directories, address is Carr Street Randwick. (1908
There is a marriage in 1994 but not to a Balls, don't forget if the Mother has been married before the children will be under her maiden name and the marriage will be under her previous name.
I agree you still need to purchase the death certificate.
I wondered if you could get an electoral roll look up for that address for the ensuing years. I am not in that area or I would go and look for you.
Just been having a look on findmypast passenger lists to see if Frederick gave an address when he came to Australia, as that might be useful.
There is an F Severn, Miner, address 29 Padley Hill, Mansfield, travelling on the Ormonde, London to Australia (Brisbane) 16th April 1921 - but he is...
Just checking her birth index and she has a middle initial of C, do you happen to know what this stands for. If you haven't been able to find a marriage or a death I wondered if she could have used her middle name.