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Medals to the Natal Rifle Associations 3 years 3 months ago #47240

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I'm not sure what it is but there is something very appealing about medals to the Natal Rifle Associations. Perhaps because they were few in number. Of the many Rifle Associations in Natal, 16 were issued with medals.

For example, there was a Rifle Association in Newcastle. Their medals appear to have issued off the Newcastle Town Guard roll.



The default issue was QSA (0).

Estimates of the medals issued are best guesses based on the information on the rolls. The number represents the medals issues to the unit and include medals returned to the Mint. This analysis will be the subject of a later post.

1. Camperdown and District Rifle Association. 26 medals
2. Dundee Rifle Association. 47 medals.
3. Highlands Rifle Association. 15 medals
4. Howick Rifle Association. 34 medals
5. Karkloof Rifle Association. 15 medals
6. Lidgetton Rifle Association. 20 medals
7. Malton District Rifle Association. 22 medals
8. Melmoth Rifle Association. 14 medals
9. Mtshwati Rifle Association. 10 medals
10. New Hanover Rifle Association. 19 medals
11. Nottingham Road Rifle Association. 42 medals
12. Umlaas Road Rifle Association. 24 medals
13. Upper Tugela Rifle Association. 25 medals
14. Wartburg Rifle Association. 23 medals.
15. Weston Rifle Association. 7 medals
16. Wilge Fontein Rifle Association. 18 medals

The pages for these units have been separated out into their own section in Unit information .

Other than the Rifle Association Rules , I do not have much information on these units so any information is welcomed.
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Medals to the Natal Rifle Associations 3 years 3 months ago #47245

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Naming to the Umlaas Road RA

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Medals to the Natal Rifle Associations 3 years 3 months ago #47254

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David

The local expert on RA's is away at present, but perhaps he will add to this thread after his return. There were more than 15 RA's in Natal, but only those listed qualified for the award of the QSA.

The "Western" on your list should be 'Weston'. The reason for the low number of medals to this unit is that most were issued off the Murray's Horse roll.

Also. "Warhburg" on your list should be 'Wartburg'.

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Medals to the Natal Rifle Associations 3 years 3 months ago #47255

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Are these absolute numbers David? In other words net of any returned to the Mint.

Although not a specific focus of mine I have acquired several over the years including one to the Camperdown RA, Highlands RA (with previous service in Murray's Horse as pointed out by Brett) and the Nottingham Road RA.

All have proven to be highly researchable which is a bonus in any language.

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Many thanks Brett. I have made those two corrections. I will create a map of where they were located which will help too.
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Rory,

The numbers are the medals issues to the unit. I will add the roll pages and tot up how many were returned.
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