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The Indian Contingent 1 year 1 week ago #59110

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I have two medals to the Supply & Transport Corps, Madras Command, Secunderabad District. A cook and a syce. This was a corps of syce, 350 strong, sent to South Africa in early 1902, primarily, I presume, from the available documents that I have been able source, to provide labour for the Remount Stations.

From the Report of the Remount Department in South Africa WO32/8761/115


An idea of the enthusiasm for service in South Africa is found in "The Homeward Mail from India, China and the East Monday" 24th March 1902.. This applies more to the Bangalore District but I imagine would be applicable. It is worth remembering that India was in the grip of a massive famine so any work opportunities would be highly desirable.

“The recruiting of syce for service with the Remount Depot in South Africa has become so popular in Bangalore that not only cooks and shoe makers, but even native policemen, are volunteering. One of the latter was apprehended on leaving the station as a syce with a batch, and on being placed before a magistrate was fined a month’s pay, or in default a fortnight’s imprisonment. During the past month about 600 followers of the various classes have been recruited here for South Africa, being encouraged by the good reports of the returning syce and others”

Finally from "The Homeward Mail" 28th April 1902


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The Indian Contingent 11 months 17 hours ago #59630

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The QSA to 426 Bhisti Mowla, S. & T. Corps, Secbd. D. sold for a hammer price of £220 yesterday.

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QSA bronze (378 LASCAR GOPAL SINGH S & T. CORPS. SECBAD. DIST.)

£395

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Thank you David - not much more to add to the Secuderabad District that has not been said above.

This medal previously sold in the rooms of Messer's Dix, Noonan & Webb in 2008 where it realized £160 on the hammer.


Of the sales this year prices are as below ( asterix - hammered )

£260
£140*
£395
£220*
£140
£190*/295
£140*/185

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QSA Bronze (RB9 Syce Mubarack Ali 17th Bl Lcrs)

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Since the 17th Bengal Lancers were in existence from 1900 to 1903 "very few medal can therefore exist to this title" (Ian McInnes "A Indian Cavalry Regiment" Coin and Medal News, January 1988.) Ian McInnes had a China Medal & there are 3 bronze medals that have been for sale.

Post 15264 www.angloboerwar.com/forum/5-medals-and-...ngent?start=66#15264
Post 56870 www.angloboerwar.com/forum/5-medals-and-...gent?start=228#56870

In addition to the cover in the post above, I have the following cover.

which could possible indicate that No.4 Veterinary Hospital (& the 17th Bengal Lancer contingent) moved to Bloemfontein by October 1901.


A veterinary hospital in Johannesburg for interest.


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