One often find DTD's and/or ABO's to Boer PoW's held on St Helena.
QSA/KSA's to men who did duty there are less common, However, there must be more than a few examples in Forumites' collections and I propose a topic as such.
To start the ball rolling :
Spink was awarded the QSA with bar "Cape Colony" from a roll headed "Civilian Staff St Helena", signed on the island on 6 January 1903. The SA'02 bar was authorised on a roll headed "Attd. R.A.M.Corps", dated 29 April 1903 and signed at the War Office.
It would be interesting to know whether he attended to Boer and Brit ..
PS We are leaving tomorrow for some 3 weeks in Namibia, camping and birding.
I hope there will be a lot to see on the Forum after our return!
I have a QSA clasps Natal,Orange Free State and Transvaal to 4055 Pte G Barrett,Gloster Regt who served on St Helena. He had a bit of a checkered history having been taken prisoner at Nicholson Nek outside Ladysmith on 30 Oct 1899. He was released on the 5th of September 1900 and arrived on St Helena on 4 Dec 1900 and served there until 31 March 1902 when he was posted back to South Africa so is entitled to an 02 clasp as well. I always wonder if he finished up guarding any Boer prisoners who had been his guards while he was a POW.
First attested for the Hampshire Regiment on 23rd August 1899 when he stated his age as 18 years and 1 month. Initially he did well and was made Lance-Corporal on 5th February 1900. Unfortunately he was found to have made a mis-statement about his age having been born in April 1883 in Whitchurch in Hampshire and was reduced to Private on 26th July and discharged on the 30th November 1900. He subsequently attested for the Wiltshire Militia in March 1901 age 17 years and 11 months and was included in the 3rd Battalion who were embodied in April 1901 and served on St Helena from 20th June 1901 until 11th September 1902. His enthusiasm for military service apparently satisfied, he was discharged by purchase (£2) on 7th May 1904.
With reference to another current topic the following "St Helena QSA"
I bought the medal more than 30 years ago and I cannot recall having come across another one to the Regt subsequently.
Two Companies of the 1st West India Regiment served on St Helena between Sept 1900 and January 1901. However, Kitchener in person did not recommend them for the QSA "in view of the circumstances of the removal of these two Companies from the island".???!!!
However, almost 200 men of the 3rd Btn, West India Regiment were shown as entitled to the QSA for service on the island after 14 April 1901.Unfortunately the first page of the relevant QSA Roll (WO 100/287) does not display the usual rubber stamp with details of the number of medals actually issued and date of issue
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