Many thanks for the photo of Bowman's QSA. I will add it to the 'Murray' file. I hope that there will be other additions of this kind to this thread.
The possibility that A Bowman has a connection with 'Bowman Gilfillan' is also interesting. It is an uncommon surname and it should be possible confirm the link, or otherwise. Thanks to another member of this forum, I have the QSA to the other founder of this firm, Captain D F Gilfillan, Imperial Light Horse. It is a 'double relief' medal - Relief of Mafeking and Relief of Ladysmith.
I can assure you, in my particular case, that rumors of any American friends whatsoever, are quite untrue and have no foundation in fact at all, but, that just on it's own, as a QSA, is a good scarce medal and while they do appear for sale here, it is certainly not a frequent occurrence, I hope tomorrow, brings with it, some rewards.