I was able to give Bill evidence of a Single Clasp "Laings Nek" to the Natal Volunteer Veterinary Corps. I think most of evidence has come through his knowledge of the units and what came over his desk. He did collect these items for many years.
Looking for Salutries, Salootries and Veterinary Duffadars.
I collect primarily QSAs to Indian Recipients.
The news that Fred Freshney's QSA still exists and is in safe hands is the most exciting that I have received in a long time! I hope that you will post a photograph of this medal.
Many years ago, I received a photocopy of the booklet, 'My Experiences in the South African War 1899-1900', which was published by Fred Freshey's family and in which Fred told the story of his Boer War experiences. On the last page of the booklet, Fred tells of Winston Churchill's intervention which secured for him the early issue of his QSA with the incorrect clasp. Not surprisingly, Fred was not aware of the error with the clasp, and, hopefully, the error has not been corrected and the medal is still as Fred received it.
Fred's booklet cemented my interest in the Imperial Light Horse. It is a mine of useful information and anecdotes recounted by a man in the 'other ranks' of a regiment that has a record second to none in the Boer War, in spite of being formed only a few weeks before it went into action for the first time.
I have the QSA of one of Fred's tent mates, who was also wounded during the Battle of Colenso, and Fred's record of this man (141 Tpr J P Nelson), 'brought him to life' for me.