From: Col. Sir Edward Ward, Under Secretary of War
To: Lord Mayor of London
"My Lord, I am directed by the Secretary of War to acquaint you that on recommendation of Field-Marshal Lord Roberts, Commander-In-Chief, His Majesty the King has graciously pleased to approve of the offer of a South African Medal for the acceptance of the Court of Common Council and each of the City Companies in commemoration of the spontaneous and patriotic liberality shown by the Council and the Companies in assisting to raise and equip the City of London Imperial Volunteers for active service in South Africa."
LinneyI wrote: Mike
Very impressive, indeed.
Regarding the medallions intended for the men of the C.I.V. who went to South Africa, does anyone know if they were a general issue?
According to Hibbard they are not sure how many were made but there are records of 550 supposedly there was to be one to every member of the CIV who served in SA and some for the founding committee.....
Military Historical Society
I had forgotten about Hibbard. It appears that the CIV was comprised of over 1500 all ranks - so 550 is a bit short of a full issue! I often wondered if my CIV man (Pte. McFadden RA with x2 IGS and QSA to CIV) would have been given a Volunteers Medal. Since he was a Regular Soldier, probably not.