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Belfast 2 years 8 months ago #51454

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WO100/196 page 19 shows your man as with a single "Belfast" clasp on his QSA. Marginal note says "From 2nd. Div , no further information, Home, time expired". (The "2nd. Div." I might have misinterpreted, hard to read). Nevertheless, a nice medal.
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Belfast 2 years 8 months ago #51462

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It certainly would have been a scarce single clasp had Conolly not returned home on the 1st of June 1901, so he was further entitled to the South Africa 1901 clasp, as clearly shown in the supplementary volume of WO100/196.

FSburgher wrote: Goodday, Frank and other Forum members
I have a single clsp Belfast medal to 2198 Pte J Conolly KRRC
Can the team confirm which W/O to check the medal roll, and can anyone confirm that this was the only bar Conolly was entitled to??
Seems he was a very late entrant into the fray here in South Africa.
Any further info about this veteran and whether he was at the battle of Berg & Dal at Dalmanutha Farm / Station would be welcome.
I visited the site of the battle in June 2016 and one gets an airy feeling standing there surveying the terrain and reading the names of the fallen.
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Belfast 2 years 8 months ago #51463

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Evyn,

His clasps are Belfast and SA01 as IL and Frank say.

With regards to the text in the QSA roll, I think that says from 2nd Btn which would make sense as he is listed on the 1st KRRC roll. The second battalion was in SA from October 1899 so I am not clear why he received only these clasps. No service papers extant I'm afraid.

A very nice medal.
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Belfast 2 years 8 months ago #51465

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Morning Evyn

Service papers are available on FmP under the surname "ConNolly".

He went to SA in March 1900, posted to 2nd bn in May (bit of a discrepancy in dates here, who did he serve with in March & April?), transferred to 1st battalion in July 1900. Papers state clasps Belfast & SA01 as on the medal rolls. But one would imagine he should have CC or Natal at least to cover the months March-July. A close reading of the 2nd bn roll may reveal his name - the Ancestry index is not accurate.

Connolly also served in India earning an IGS "NE Frontier 1891".

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Belfast 2 years 8 months ago #51467

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I think WO363 certainly makes for interesting reading, he was recalled to the Army on the 10th of March , with service shown in South Africa from the 24th of that same month and we can presume, perhaps, not unfairly, unless an error has occurred that he was, indeed, posted to the 2nd Battalion on the 5th of May.
That does give six weeks or so, unaccounted for, but, quite frankly, the issue I would certainly have as a collector, would be, whether or not I had actually bought the medal as a single clasp and had actually paid the price for such a medal.
If I had, I would be most unhappy when it is very clearly not a single clasp medal, notwithstanding, I would be reasonably satisfied as his entitlement is verified in his papers, even though there remains a chance it is incorrect, if it was issued from the mint to him.
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Belfast 2 years 7 months ago #52000

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From the last Lockdales sale,

QSA (1) Belfast (4206 Pte. A.Ware 10th Hussars). Roll confirms bar and that he was attached to the 5th Dragoons. Hammer £110.
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