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Medals to the Commander in Chief's Body Guard 1 month 1 week ago #65319

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Some time ago, I asked Peter Singlehurst to research Tpr. Bramley and he did not come up with anything. Which was a disappointment. And I have never seen any other attestation papers for the Bodyguard; only a copy of a Discharge for another Bodyguard member in my collection.
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Concerning the "GOC/CinC Bodyguard" named WW1 medals, I assumed - in the absence of any other information - they were for a member of the British army. Hence the puzzlement over "GOC" vs "CinC Bodyguard". Was the WW1 "CinC Bodyguard" a South African unit? BTW, I am well aware that neither Haig nor French served in GSWA.
Perhaps the description of Colonel Douglas Haig as a "luminary" during the Boer War was a little strong. There was criticism of some of his column work - but it certainly never hampered him in his quest for the top job.
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Medals to the Commander in Chief's Body Guard 1 month 1 week ago #65323

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I have come to this thread late and I wonder if I am missing the point with the ABW and WWI CiC's Bodyguard. Their only link is in their name. The WWI unit was made up of men from the South African Police and they protected General Botha in the GSWA Campaign, just as Buller's Bodyguard was a Natal Police unit that had a similar function in the ABW.

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Medals to the Commander in Chief's Body Guard 1 month 1 week ago #65324

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Hello Ian,
No, the medals are not BEF, whilst David does not show the AVM, it would be a bilingual example issued by the Union government for service in GWSA, there were no Constables in the MMP or MFP.
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LinneyI wrote: David
Some time ago, I asked Peter Singlehurst to research Tpr. Bramley and he did not come up with anything. Which was a disappointment. And I have never seen any other attestation papers for the Bodyguard; only a copy of a Discharge for another Bodyguard member in my collection.
Frank
Concerning the "GOC/CinC Bodyguard" named WW1 medals, I assumed - in the absence of any other information - they were for a member of the British army. Hence the puzzlement over "GOC" vs "CinC Bodyguard". Was the WW1 "CinC Bodyguard" a South African unit? BTW, I am well aware that neither Haig nor French served in GSWA.
Perhaps the description of Colonel Douglas Haig as a "luminary" during the Boer War was a little strong. There was criticism of some of his column work - but it certainly never hampered him in his quest for the top job.
Regards
IL.

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Medals to the Commander in Chief's Body Guard 1 month 6 days ago #65326

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Below are the medal groups to two policemen, one who served in General Buller's Bodyguard during the ABW and the other in General Botha's Bodyguard during WW1.



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Medals to the Commander in Chief's Body Guard 1 month 6 days ago #65331

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Very nice indeed, Brett and very scarce too.

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Medals to the Commander in Chief's Body Guard 1 month 4 days ago #65348

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It is certainly interesting to ponder why and at what point a mere "Bodyguard" actually became a Class C SAMIF unit proper, I assume that John Stirling's date of November is correct, they had for official purpose, at least, actually been raised in Cape town upon the 31st of January 1900 and were subsequently officially disbanded in Pretoria in September the following year.


djb wrote: Initially a small personal bogy guard for Lord Roberts created in January 1900 and comprising picked colonial men, the unit was expanded to over 1,000 men. Click here for the unit information. The unit was disbanded in July 1901.

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