QSA with raised dates
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The duration of the war was grossly underestimated because the first issues of the Queen's South Africa (QSA) bore the date in relief on the reverse '1899 1900'.  The main unit to receive a limited number of these medals was Strathcona's Horse.  This unit returned home to Canada as a complete unit before the war ended and a quantity of raised date QSAs were presented by King Edward VII at Buckingham Palace.  The story goes that the medals were named in a great hurry.

At the time, the medals were issued without clasps  The clasps were sent to Canada and attached to the medals privately.

There is uncertainty about how many medals were issues with the dates in relief.  The problem is complicated by the fact that units other than Strathcona's Horse were issued with raised date QSAs.

Recipients of raised date QSAs

The following table is in surname order. 

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(56 Records)

 Surname   Forename   No   Rank   Notes   Unit 
BellP W396SergeantQSA (4) Nat OFS Belf 01.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
BennettJ139PrivateQSA (4) Nat OFS Belf 01.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
BrentW376PrivateQSA (4) Nat OFS Belf 01.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
BroadbentE R356PrivateQSA (4) Nat OFS Belf 01.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
BuddE J25837DriverQSA (5) CC TH RofL Tr OFS, KSA (2) 01 02, 1914-15 Trio.  Sold by C Lusted.  Date unknown.  £650.  The QSA only was sold by DNW in Jun 99 for £2,700.  The location of his other medals is not known.  The QSA was again sold at Spink in Oct 99.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
66th Battery, RFA
BurdetteA H471PrivateQSA (3) Nat OFS Belf.  Entitled to 01.  The 01 clasp was returned on 15 Aug 1905.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
CameronM C J387PrivateQSA (4) Nat OFS Belf 01.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
ClarkeE H15PrivateQSA (4) Nat OFS Belf 01.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
CustanceT T M358PrivateQSA (4) Nat OFS Belf 01, 1902 Coronation Medal.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
ElliottF515RSMQSA (3) Nat Belf CC, KSA (2).  Phillips 1926 £5.  Usher collection (1946).  Not on roll.  Appears to have died 17 Oct 00.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
FaderG D326PrivateQSA (4) Nat OFS Belf 01.  Ackley summer 04.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
FraserW475PrivateQSA (4) Nat OFS Belf 01, 14-15 Star, BWM, VM (Pte 16th Can Infy).  Denby Jan 79
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
GamsbyG476PrivateQSA (5) Nat OFS Belf 01 02.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
GrestockH54PrivateQSA (5) Nat OFS Belf 01 02, [14-15 Star], BWM, VM (Lt), Memorial Cross.  KIA 5 Feb 17.  He re-enlisted in SH on 4 May 1915, as 2499 Private, and was promoted to Corporal on 26 July 1916. Later that year he was commissioned into the 73rd Infantry Battalion, Royal Highlanders of Canada, and was killed in France on 5 February 1917. He was then aged 39 and is buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez. It was from this cemetery, in May 2000, that the remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier were exhumed and laid to rest within the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in a sarcophagus at the foot of the National War Memorial, Confederation Square, Ottawa.  Spinks Jun 87.  eBay Feb 01 Cdn ,288.  DNW Sep 06 £5,500.  Ursual Jan 07 Cdn ,500 £6,300.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
HardwickJ de H497PrivateQSA (4) Nat OFS Belf 01.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
HardyA202PrivateQSA (2) Nat Tr.  Enlisted Maple Creek 6 Feb 00.  At Green Point Camp on 23 May 00 listed as sick and unfit to travel.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
HazeldineF C96PrivateQSA (4) Nat OFS Belf 01, 14-15 Star, BWM, VM, 1902 Coronation Medal.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
HeygateW A N602PrivateQSA (3) CC OFS Belf, KSA (2) 01 02 (Cornet SAC).  Spinks Oct 99.  Joined Canadian Contingent of SAC as a QMS, was MID by Lord Kitchener on Baden-Powell's recommendation LG 23 Jun 02, and was commissioned as a Coronet on 1 Jul 01.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
HicksRoger Cardew Hays199TrooperBSA CM (Rev Rhoidesia 1896), QSA (3) OFS Nat Belf (LSH), KSA (2), 1914/15 Star, BWM, VM (CAMC)Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
JacksonH463Farrier CorporalQSA (3) CC OFS Tr.  Enlisted at Ottawa, 2 Mar 00 and posted as Cpl Shoeing Smith, B Sqn.  Baldwin Jul 49.  Sotheby's Nov 78.
Source: List of QSAs with raised dates
Canada, Lord Strathcona's Horse
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My thanks to Cpl Lee J Ramsden CD, Jim Godefroy (medals@vimy.ca), Mark Reid and Mike for their help in the compilation of this information.

Further information

After the Boer War and upon return to Canada the unit known as 'Strathcona's Horse' was disbanded.  In 1909 'A' Squadron Royal Canadian Mounted Rifles based in Winnipeg were renamed 'Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)'.  The abbreviation of LSH did not come into use until May 1911.  This was subsequently changed on 24 April 1942 to 'LdSH(RC)' and this name is in use today.  It is interesting to note that several variants of the unit name are seen on medals to SH.

The web site for Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) can be found at http://www.strathconas.ca/bmenu_history.php.

In addition to the named medals list above, two unnamed (not erased) medals with raised dates are known to exist.  One has no clasps and the other has the standard clasps for SH (Nat OFS Belf 01).

Raised date QSAs identified on this page:  8 on 24 Nov 04.  16 by Dec 04.  49 by Feb 05.  51 by Mar 06.  54 by 1 Jan 07.  55 by 1 Sep 10.

 

Comments   

# I have a QSA medal engraved 'S.G. Rattledenis484 2011-07-11 07:46
I have a QSA medal engraved 'S.G. Rattle. Merchant Marine' with my grandfather's WW1 medals. Can anybody pleae help or advise me on how to identify the ship, rank or number of my grandfather during that campaign?
His WW1 service was as '8299 Pte S.G. Rattle. 3rd Btn Royal Fusiliers'.
denis484.
# Medal to Townsend, W.S., 441, Corporal..QSAMIKE 2011-08-22 04:39
Medal to Townsend, W.S., 441, Corporal...... 4 Bars..... Natal, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901..... NOTE: Only the Natal is a copy all the rest are OK.....

Mike
# 180 PTE. F CUNNINGdjb 2016-06-22 06:37
Via Mike:

Queens South Africa Medal, 4 bars, TRANSVAAL, ORANGE FREE STATE, RHODESIA, CAPE COLONY, impressed to 180 PTE. F CUNNING LD STRATHCONA’S H:, original tattered piece ribbon. Medal and bars near excellent for age.

NOTE In RONCETTI/DENBY book, Canadians who served in South Africa, it is noted that Armstrong was roll number 2702, Regt. No. 180, was entitled to, NATAL, ORANGE FREE STATE, BELFAST and SOUTH AFRICA 1901, not sure why it has these bars on it. On his service record it shows the three bars noted here.

13 pages of records on Fredrick Cunning, from the net, joined 5 Feb 1900, at Macleod, Alberta, and was discharged 16 Mar 1901 at Ottawa. He served with the NWMP for a period of three years, very/very faint ghost date.

Check on line for his NWMP service reveals a file with over 40 pages, on file is a letters, say he joined the NWMP 10 Feb 1895 and was dismissed for breaking barracks and drunkenness 11 October 1897. Bears some more investigation.
# 237 CORL. J.E. ARMSTRONGdjb 2016-06-22 06:39
Via Mike

Queens South Africa Medal, 3 bar, BELFAST, ORANGE FREE STATE, NATAL, impressed to 237 CORL. J.E. ARMSTRONG, LD . STRATHCONA S H:, Lord Strathcona's Horse, LSH. Ghost dates visible but faint. Excellent except Queen Victoria has a small mark on her cheek.

Ten pages of records retrieved online, reveal, John E ARMSTRONG that enlisted at Ottawa, 21st Feb 1900 and discharged 19 Mar 1901 (Note on his file he stated in Africa and then invalided to England 19-03-01). On his War Veteran's Allowance Board, South Africa application he is listed as a Lieutenant, that form dated 9-7-38 so he must have had some further military service, unresearched.

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