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Natal Police 7 years 3 months ago #9031

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Source: page 112

68/SA/4855
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GO CinC, SA, reports A/3095/1 22.1.08, that only members of Natal Police named upon amended roll forwarded with his letter A/276/1 18/4/07, qualify for clasps under AO 232 of '02, para 6.

"The Queen's Medal was awarded to members of the Natal Police who served prior to Oct 1901.

This force did not serve in the field subsequent to Sept 1901" AG2/M/13775 (per GO CinC Pretoria 7-3-07)

No 2675 Tpr F Milner, Natal Police, who attested 8.10.01, was refused the Queen's Medal. 68/SA/457 (1910).

For the same reason, service subsequent to Sept 1901 did not reckon towards the grant of the King's Medal. See the case of C J Frowde who was awarded the clasp SA 1901 1/3/09. 68/SA/7957.

See authority cited on page 39 ante which, as noted, is not reliable. There are 4 King's Medal rolls for the Natal Police , two contain names of officers, Inspectors and Sergeants who served on the Staffs of Generals Buller, Lyttleton and others.

The third roll (an individual one) shows that the medal with two clasps was returned and clasps 1901 issued in its stead.

The 4th contains the name of an officer who was seconded for duty with another unit.

Medal roll AG2/M/13775 however shows that 162 individuals were issued clasps for SA1901 and SA1902.
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The Queen's Medal was awarded to members of the Natal Police who served prior to Oct 1901.

This force did not serve in the field subsequent to Sept 1901" AG2/M/13775 (per GO CinC Pretoria 7-3-07)

No 2675 Tpr F Milner, Natal Police, who attested 8.10.01, was refused the Queen's Medal. 68/SA/457 (1910).


It seems that the award of the QSA and KSA to the Natal Police caused the authorities a great deal of confusion, and I have written about this in other posts on this forum. Consequently, it was not surprising to read that the NP did not serve in the field after September 1901. This is plainly wrong as there were men patrolling the Zululand border, the Utrecht and Vryheid districts of the Transvaal, as well as the eastern Orange Free State, the latter under their Chief Commissioner, John Dartnell, who at that time was also commanding the Imperial Light Horse Brigade. Apart from the OFS contingent, these men remained 'on active service' until the war ended in May 1902.

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Book 2, page 16
68/SA/6962
2/11/08

Natal Police - Not entitled to King's SA Medal

See case of W A Reynolds, Natal Police, ceased to perform active military duties in September 1901 and service subsequent to that period is not considered to have been such as would qualify for the award of the King's (Queen's added above) SA medal.

Copy of WO letter conveying this information is placed with K&Q recs.

And case of Frowder, KM - 68/SA/7856 of 24/2/09.

And case of F Milner, QM, 68/SA/457 of 10/10/10.
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