I came across a rank on a QSA today that I hadn't seen before. This QSA is for sale at the next Bonhams auction and is named to Amb. Agent Tara Chand. Ambulance Est.
According to the write-up, Tara Chand served in charge of the Dooly Bearers of the Ambulance Establishment Bengal Command. He is confirmed on the roll as Second Grade Ambulance Agent and is noted as receiving a silver medal and the only one with a clasp.
An unusual rank found on a medal to Imperial Transport Service, a unit that was contracted to provide transport to the army and comprised men from Julius Weil Imperial Transport Service and R. Crosbie Transport companies.
A brief analysis of the roll combined with an Excel spreadsheet listing each page shows that:
747 names on Julius Weil roll, after removing all those drawn through we get 673 eligible for medal, (this is the same as figure on roll in diamond, top left), and it is shown that 601 medals were eventually issued to GOC, Cape Town 10/11/1904. Of these only 108 were issued (roll annoted as issued),
There are 129 names on the Crosbie roll, and after removing drawn through entries there is a balance of 106 names. However this roll is very faint and there is no indication of medals issued to Cape Town or the figure normally found in the top left corner, it is difficult to determine how many were actually claimed from this roll.
There are 26 men with the rank of Travelling Clerical Staff and just 9 claimed their medal, so a quite unusual rare rank overall. I would assume that these men were educated and served the purpose of travelling to various depots and accounting loads and deliveries as and where they were needed.
It is interesting to note that although most qualified for clasps, only a select few were issued as such, the roll clearly stating "Medals Only", I have seen one or two examples over the years and of the three, two had clasps, so were they restored by collectors based on the page with their entry or issued as such?