It is very encouraging to read of a local resident taking such a deep interest in the area's 'home guard' during the Boer War. This is the only way the history of such a unit will come to be written. The fact that there are local families with links going back to the Boer War means there is some hope of finding hitherto unknown letters, diaries and other records preserved in their farmhouses. The NEMR may not have played a profound part in the Boer War, but it is significant in the record of the war as a whole.
While there may be little direct assistance in this project from members of this forum, I feel sure that we all wish you well and look forward to reading of progress in the research and, ultimately, the final outcome.
The answers to your questions are all in your own country, I am in Great Britain so I cannot really offer you any help.
From memory I think it was Captain Norton who was in command during the Anglo Boer War, although, I am sure he delegated much to Captain Sephton, he was senior I think.
The NEMR were not part of the "Cape" SAMIF class D1 and D2, moreover, they were not attested as such and were merely enrolled in way of the District Mounted Troops.
As a result there are no papers for them in WO126 and no nominal roll in WO127 at Kew.
You should note that this unit only existed with this title for the Anglo Boer War, however, both the New England Volunteers and the New England Contingent had been raised by the Cape Government for the Ninth Kaffir War and the Basutoland campaign in 1880.
You should consult the Cape Government Gazette, the Argus and Cape Times for the period, notices were placed in all.
We do have a small number of returns in CO48 at Kew for these Campaigns that do give some detail for a particular given man.
So, date and place of enlistment, date and place of discharge, along with the name of the resident magistrate etc.
These were filled in and returned to the AAG Cape Colonial Forces, who then sent them to the Governor of the Cape Colony, who then forwarded them to the Colonial Secretary, here in Great Britain.
I think I would also, if I were you, pop over to Kimberley and have a look at the Diamond Fields Advertiser for the period in question.
Again welcome here and good luck to you, I regret not being able to help you.
Kind regards Frank Kelley
The Court of Enquiry held on the matter concerning 2 officers and 30 men of the NEMR under Lt Giddy stated: Posted at Winter's nek, near Barkly East, to scout and patrol, with orders to retire, if attacked, into Herschel Mountains or Barkly East. They, however, moved to Lauriston to get better grazing for horses. Camp rushed in the early morning
The 2 officers and 30 men were not exonerated: The Court consider there were insufficient sentries, scouting etc, and post should not have been moved.
There is a reference to a War Office paper WO 0103/2344 : if this could be traced at the National Archives there is bound to be a full account of the enquiry.
If memory serves I was recently asked by a family in nearby Hilton for a valuation on a number of medals, 3 of which were to the Sephton's of New England fame including that to the Captain. (there appear to have been a total of 4 to that surname in the medal rolls)
I am in communication wiith this family and it is on the wife's side where the connection comes in, i.e. it is she who hails from your neighborhood.
The AG2 date suggests 148 medals were issued 1 November 1904 and a further 15 on 16 November 1905. The number of medals issued on the supplementary QSA roll (page 11) is blank.
Going through the pages, I would estimate a nett of 122 medals.
The examples I have found:
QSA (0). (Lt D J Roberts). City Coins #18. QSA (3) CC OFS Tr. Dixon December 1995. Duncan James Roberts served as a Corporal in Montmorency's Scouts before joining C Squadron, South Rhodesia Volunteers as a Sergeant Scout (attached Thomeycroft's Mounted Infantry). Commissioned into the New England Mounted Rifles as a Lieutenant.
QSA (0). (98 Pte M F Diesel New Eng. M.R.). City Coins August 1998 and September 2003
QSA (0). (180 Pte J Scharnek New Eng: M.R.). Spink July 2019
QSA (0). (10 Pte A G Brummer Sen. New Eng. M.R.). City Coins August 2008
QSA (0). (Pte T Morgenoth). Liverpool August 1996. Noted on the roll as killed.
QSA (0). (Pte S J Marais). Liverpool Medals via Jim