A medal from the Spink summer sale, Lt Magennis, Somerset East TG.
William Babington (also Barrington) Magennis served in the Somerset East Town Guard from 12 January 1901 until 22 April 1901; an accompanying copied roll entry also states, 'Left Town'.. Born 1869, after Boer war he became Inspecting Magistrate and Inspector of Prisons, married Hilda May Neumayer in 1917 Capetown aged 48 (record states he was a widower), civil servant and magistrate all his life, died Wynberg aged 71 in 1940. The recruits were often pro British South African,(sometimes reluctantly joined British side) officially re-impressed naming, minor mark to face of monarch, IMO very fine condition with minimal wear,nice patina/tone, see pictures, comes with copy medal roll, for further research.
Spink did state the medal was officially renamed.
Sold for GBP 136; Rand 2300; Au$ 230; Can$ 210. eBay starter £199
Typed letter signed by the C.S.O. of the Pretoria District recommending that all members of the Zeerust Town Guard to be granted the Queen’s South Africa medal.
Dated 17th. January 1904.