I totally agree Rory, it's the man behind the medal that counts. If the medal is well worn it indicated that it has been worn with pride over many years and if he is grom another Commonwealth country it's a bonus. I have 8 QSA's to the SAC in my collection and am on the lookout for a rank or combination of clasps that I don't presently have.
I recently purchased a medal collection in England; men who served in the SAC during the ABW;
1. 1408 Tpr Thomas Coventry aged 23 yrs a lawyer's clerk , Articles of Agreement, SAC temporary recruiting office Application form showing full personal details dd 22 Jan 1901,Medical certificatge, riding and shooting certificate dd 9 Feb 1901, record of conduct and service dd 1 July 1902. Recruited in Edinburgh on 2 March 1901. Letter handwritten requesting a discharge from SAC dd 29 Oct 1902. The last pay certificate as 1st cl trooper 'A' division and 15 troop based in Rustenberg Transvaal dd 22 Dec 1902, signed by Capt Wood. QSA medal with 5 bars,
also WW1 BWM and Bil. victory medal for service with SAEF 11 th SAI in GEA 1916-17, demobilised 9 March 1919. Thomas worked later for Attorney firm Webber Wentzel in Johannesburg and died in Johannesburg in 1942. A very detailed record with lots of interesting documentation. Also have a couple of other interesting SAC groups.
best wishes to all contributors for Christmas 2013