Another medal to a National Scout : this time a self-awarded ABO
No 519 Tpr C R O Dippenaar (spelt Duppenaar on QSA roll) served in No 2 Wing, National Scouts. He never claimed his QSA and it was returned to Woolwich in 1909.
At some stage Christiaan Rudolf Opperman Dippenaar obtained an ABO medal that was legitimately awarded to one of the 6 Burgers with surname Dippenaar. The initials were filed off and C.R.O. was engraved between rank and surname.
I do not agree with Justin that the term “National Scout” was used by the Boers prior to the formation of the National Scouts as a unit.
I have an extensive Dutch/Afrikaans Boer War library and the terms used when referring to these renegades were “hensopper”, “joiner”, “judasboer”, “hanskakie” and (occasionally) “rooikop”.” National Scout” is only used in later literature, discussing events in 1901 and 1902 (there was already a small unit of National Scouts in Pretoria as early as Feb 1901).
The QSA/ABO combination to R C Wilson could be to one recipient, but it could also be father & son or family members. There are two estates in the Transvaal Archives for Richard Carew Wilson: one died in 1915 and one in 1953.
· According to the QSA roll (signed in Pretoria 10 Jan 1908) Conductor R C Wilson served in the Army Service Corps from 8 Dec 1900 to 31 May 1902 and the medal was issued on 19 Feb 1908. I do not know if any attestation forms (giving age, etc) for the ASC survived.
· The ABO “Vorm B” for Korporaal Richard Carew Wilson was processed Dec 1944/Jan 1945 and he claimed Boer War service from 23 September 1899 to 31 May 1902. Vorm B was confirmed and signed by Capt E P Snijman DTD MC, whose only query was the original end-of-service date of 31/7/1902 given by Wilson: this was amended to 31 May 1902. Vorm B was obviously submitted by the R C Wilson who died in 1953.