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Roberts's aspiration for the QSA clasps to include Bloemfontein and Pretoria 1 year 4 weeks ago #65522

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WO32/8570 at the National Archives contains a draft Army Order setting out the clasps intended to be issued with the QSA. This was drafted around September 1900.

South Africa Medal, 1899-1900.

1. Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to approve of a medal being struck to commemorate the military operations in connection with the South African Campaign, 1899-1900.

2. The medal, in silver, will be inscribed “South Africa 1899-1900,” and will, provided the claims are approved by the Commander-in-Chief, be granted to all officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the Imperial and Colonial Forces, who actually landed in South Africa between 11th October, 1899, and a date to be hereafter named.

, to all troops stationed in Cape Colony and Natal at the outbreak of hostilities, and to troops stationed in St. Helena between the 14th April, 1900, and a date to be hereafter named.

3. A clasp inscribed Cape Colony will be granted to all troops employed in any of the operations in Cape Colony, north of a line drawn east and west through Lesseyton, between 11th October, 1899, and 13th March, 1900, both dates inclusive, and for the subsequent operations in the Colony, west of longitude 24 degrees, between 13th March and 30th June, 1900, both dates inclusive.

4. A clasp inscribed Natal will be granted to all troops employed in any of the operations in Natal, north of a line drawn east and west through Weston, between 11th October, 1899, and 10th June, 1900, both dates inclusive.

5. A clasp inscribed Orange River Colony will be granted to all troops who were employed in any of the operations in the Orange Free State.

6. A clasp inscribed Bloemfontein will be granted to all troops employed in the operations in the Orange Free State between the 17th February and 13th March. 1900, both dates inclusive.

7. A clasp inscribed Transvaal will be granted to all troops who were employed in any of the operations in the Transvaal.

8. A clasp inscribed Pretoria will be granted to all troops employed in the operations in the Transvaal east of a line drawn north and south through Krugersdorp, and west of a line drawn north and south through Standerton, between 24th May and 5th June, 1900, both dates inclusive.

9. Clasps will be granted under the conditions specified in this Order, for the defence and relief of Kimberley, Ladysmith, and Mafeking, but no perton will receive clasps for both the defence and relief of those towns.

10. A clasp inscribed Kimberley will be granted to all troops who formed the garrison of Kimberley between 14th October, 1899, and 15th February, 1900, both dates inclusive.

11. A clasp inscribed Relief of Kimberley will be granted to all troops north of the Orange River, west of longitude 26 degrees, and south of a line drawn east and west through Kimberley, between 14th October, 1899, and 15th February, 1900, both dates inclusive.

12. A clasp inscribed Ladysmith will be granted to all troops who formed the garrison of Ladysmith between 4th November, 1899, and 28th February, 1900, both dates inclusive.

13. A clasp inscribed Relief of Ladysmith will be granted to all troops in Natal north of the Mooi River between 4th November, 1899, and 28th February, 1900, both dates inclusive.

14. A clasp inscribed Mafeking will be granted to all troops who formed the garrison of Mafeking between 11th October, 1899, and 17th May, 1900, both dates inclusive.

15. A clasp inscribed Relief of Mafeking will be granted to all troops of Colonel Plumer’s force, south of a line drawn east and west through Palachwe, between 11th October, 1899, and 17th May, 1900, both dates inclusive: also to all troops north of the Vaal River, west of longitude 26 degrees, and south of a line drawn east and west through Mafeking, between 24th April and 17th May, 1900, both dates inclusive.

16. The medal in silver, with clasps, will be granted to all natives enlisted as soldiers who fulfil the necessary conditions.
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Roberts's aspiration for the QSA clasps to include Bloemfontein and Pretoria 1 year 4 weeks ago #65524

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Thanks David, this sheds some light on the odd bars (jeweler made) that occasionally show up...…. Mike
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Roberts's aspiration for the QSA clasps to include Bloemfontein and Pretoria 1 year 4 weeks ago #65549

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A draft of how the QSA roll page would have looked

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Roberts's aspiration for the QSA clasps to include Bloemfontein and Pretoria 1 year 3 weeks ago #65691

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I was mildly interested in point 16 in David's post ("The medal in silver, with clasps, will be granted to all natives enlisted as soldiers who fulfill the necessary conditions") considering the following exchange in Parliament on the 28th July 1899 between the PM for Cardiff, the Hon J.M. Maclean & A.J.Balfour ( as reported in Hasard)

"I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether the Imperial and Indian Governments have, as stated in a Reuter's telegram from Simla, made preliminary arrangements for the despatch of a force of 10,000 men from India for service in South Africa in the event of hostilities breaking out there; whether Her Majesty's Government have also received offers of military aid against the South African Republic from the Federated Malay States in Indo-China and from Houssa volunteers in West Africa; and whether the Government intend, in any case, to employ either Indian or black troops in a war against white men in South Africa."

"I have to say that if the unhappy event to which the hon. Member refers should occur there is no intention of using any but white troops."

Obviously by September 1900 the situation had changed.
Looking for Salutries, Salootries and Veterinary Duffadars.
I collect primarily QSAs to Indian Recipients.

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