A really superb QSA, I am always very impressed by many of the items you fellows in Natal and Brett in particular, have shown on this forum, this is on an equal footing with the De Beers Maxim Battery, though, it is of course, a rather smaller unit.
I would not say it was the smallest unit to recieve a medal though.
Thanks for those most kind comments. I only know of three Hotchkiss medals, mine, another member here has/had the Cream of this Crop and there was another, with if I can recall came with a WW1 trio. I did bid on it back in the day but missed the group by about R2000, miscalculation of note!
It seems I have been doing a lot of that lately.
Do you have any numbers of smaller units, TG's and DMT's included, that have numbers lower than 30 members?
I do not have a Maxim Battery but do have one of their shoulder titles.
I never concentrated on QSA's (possible mistake)but have purchased medals from the Crimea to Modern SADF. Brett's collection is a lot more focused and hats off to him for not drifting off except for his other passion, I will let him tell you what that is.
You should take my comments regarding you fellows in Natal as a matter of fact, rather than just most kind, some superb medals have been shown on here in the very sort time I have been on the site.
To be quite honest, I have never really thought about numbers, a very obvious unit and one talked about on here in the last few days would be the Pietersberg Town Guard, from memory, seventeen medals issued, perhaps the thing for you to do would be to select the probable units and then do a head count for each in WO100.
I think, again from memory, that the De Beers battery had thirty seven medals, so again, another tiny unit.
I know what you mean about concentration, often very difficult with so many other nice medals to collect.
The SA 1853 would be a case in point, it was not that many years ago when they could be had for very little, under £300, look at them today, if you can find any that is!
Kind regards Frank
I append some images related to Walker of the Hotchkiss Gun Detachment. I hope that some member in the UK can find out what newspaper circulated in Kircaldy in Dec 1900 and whether it carried a report on Walker's lecture.