RARE! BOER WAR TRIBUTE MEDAL BY THE CAPE COPPER COMPANY TO THE DEFENDERS OF O'OKIEP IN BRONZE CORRECTLY NAMED TO "P. KRIEL" - RIBBON IS A MODERN REPLACEMENT.
REFER TO MEDAL YEARBOOK 2013 - MY157
This medal has a number of edge knocks, the suspender has been professionally re-attached by a qualified jeweller and verdigris has worn away a portion of the word "BOERS" on the reverse. As there were only about 550 of these medals ever issued, it can be forgiven its hard life. Pvt. Kriel is listed on the handwritten medal roll for the medal as a "coloured" person, and therefor not eligible for the Queen's South Africa medal. He is listed as "745 D. KRIEL" As the roll is handwritten the D looks like a P, or otherwise.
When it transpired that the numerous Coloured members of the garrison of Okiep, which had defended the town against Gen. J. C. Smuts and his commando in April 1902, were to be precluded from receiving the Queen’s South Africa Medal, the Cape Copper Company decided to strike a medal of its own and to present it to all the defenders, regardless of race.
The medal is 36.5mm in diameter and was issued in silver and bronze. The ribbon is 37.5mm wide and is dark brown with a central green stripe, 12.5mm wide.
The medal was awarded in silver to officers and in bronze to other ranks. In Forsyth's roll, eighteen recipients of the silver medal are listed including one to Pay Sgt H Rodda, the only other rank to receive a silver medal. The roll indicates that 537 men qualified for the bronze medal.