Rimington's Guides were the first British troops into Bloemfontein, the capital of the Orange Free State, on 13th March 1900.
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To continue this Topic ........ some time ago I was fortunate to become the current custodian of a QSA (clasps BELMONT/MODDER RIVER/RELIEF OF KIMBERLEY/PAARDEBURG/DREFONTEIN) engraved in the usual style to : "Lt H:G: SUPPLE, DAMANT'S HORSE".
Readers of previous posts to this Topic will realise that DAMANT'S HORSE (in reality, of course, then "RIMINGTON'S GUIDES") were raised early and saw considerable hard service and can be said to have really earned their clasps.
That aspect does not need revisiting here.
The Asplin roll shows HENRY and GUY as Lt. SUPPLE'S forenames - and notes that he later served with the Military Staff, B'fontein, 30/6/01. The roll for RIMINGTON'S GUIDES confirms the awarding of the clasps illustrated. The KSA roll, however, has Lt. H.G.SUPPLE'S entry deleted; with the marginal comment "SERVICES AT DISPOSAL OF MIL GOV ORC1.4/00 INSTEAD OF AFTER HOSTILITIES SERVICE WRONGLY COMPUTED. DELETE". Please note, the original lacks punctuation!! Happily, Lt. H.G.SUPPLE was deemed to be entitled to the King's Clasp "1901" on a supplementary roll. This was obviously issued loose and - if ever Stephen Bayley ceases buying up every dated clasp in sight! -one day soon it will bear it's full entitlement.
(Only joking, Stephen!)
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You mentioned Rimington’s 10 bar QSA/KSA.
The complete group was shown some time ago on another thread: for ease of reference I append it again.
I took the medals out of the frame and scanned them
Rimington’s original 8-bar QSA was not issued off the roll of Rimington’s Guides/Damant’s Horse but off that of the Inniskilling Dragoons. It was probably engraved (as per QSA roll) Lt Col M F Rimington CB, 6 / Dragoons
Being a rugged individualist, and one who considered himself as always being right, he was not satisfied with “his” original unit not named on the medal. He obtained an unnamed (not skimmed) QSA and the entitled 8 bars and took it to a skilled jeweller/engraver. A “new” QSA was made up, with the bars not in the conventional sequence, but in the order they appear on the QSA roll. The disc was exquisitely engraved: Major & Lt. Col. M. F. Rimington, C.B., Rimington's Guides, Inniskilling Dgns.
His KSA was not " privately replaced" : it is named Brig Genl M F Rimington CB Innis. Dgns