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Concentration camps individuals employed only with concentration camps not entitled to medal. See also Burgher Camps (page 20) they are the same This case related to nurses, but quoted AG2/M/1117 reported to be in 68/SA/525.

Only imperial and Indian officers and those who are qualified by service in some unit were entitled. See full statement of the position and decisions on this score in 68/SA/525.

The Burgher Camps Department the director and administrative staff were officers of the Imperial and Indian forces. 68/SA/525.

There is a roll, volume five, RAMC, headed Refugee Camps Department, Orange River Colony, containing the names of four Indian officers sent on special duty for the concentration camps of the Orange River Colony and Cape Colony. AG2/M/9801.

There is also a roll of the Burgher Camps Department, Transvaal, AG2/M/725 dated 15/10/1902 (of 12 sheets) containing the names of 11 imperial and Indian officers and numerous superintendents of camps, doctors and nurses and matrons of hospitals and camps. The jacket of this Roll or rather the minutes states as follows “Issue of medals to Imperial office is only approved on 68/SA/5253. Roll dealt with on 68/SA/5253.”

The conclusion seems clear that no persons are entitled to the medal who served in the Burgher or Concentration Camps or Department unless they were Imperial or Indian officers or became entitled through other service in the field with some recognised unit.

Nurses in these camps not entitled, on the same grounds. Case of Miss H. Green who served in Boer Concentration Camps. 68/SA/3990 8/11/18. As to time-limit see page 127-8.
Dr David Biggins

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