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Defence of Kimberley 2 weeks 3 days ago #68260

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Meurig,

A very interesting find. His KSA (2) from the KVR is extant.

In terms of no clasp DoK QSAs, how about the 75 men who served in the KTG but received a no clasp QSA.
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Defence of Kimberley 2 weeks 2 days ago #68275

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djb wrote: Meurig,

A very interesting find. His KSA (2) from the KVR is extant.

In terms of no clasp DoK QSAs, how about the 75 men who served in the KTG but received a no clasp QSA.


Thanks David - any clues who has the KSA or where it was sold?

Here is the no clasp DoK to JG Williams Kimberley TG - employed "Repairing tents and making tent pegs". I picked this up last year. Far cheaper than a DoK clasp medal and more interesting (to me at least!).

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Hi Meurig

I have a similar example, named to :

375 SJT : J. HAMILTON. KIMB :LT HORSE



He certainly moved around serving with the Kimberley Volunteer Regiment, Cullinan's Horse, Bechuanaland Rifles, Vryburg Mounted Rifles and Mosita Squad D.M.T. This probably caused a huge admin problem in determining his clasp entitlement, as each roll is cross referenced to the others.

However, there is a note on the Kimberley Volunteer Regiment Roll which clearly shows his entitement on that roll to the Defence of Kimberley clasp.


It clearly says that the Cape Colony clasp to be recovered and the DoK clasp issued. There is a note about replies etc, so whether they issued the clasp and expected the return of the CC it didn't happen.



A close look at the rivets between the CC and DoK looks odd, I assume he received the DoK clasp, and inserted it with the help a local jeweller, or else it was done by a collector, who knows, but the combination of CC and DoK is not allowed by the rules.

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Meurig,

You reminded me of the medal to John Spenser:

John William Spencer was in Kimberley during the siege, working for the Diamond Fields Advertiser as a compositor. As such he did not receive the QSA with the DoK clasp. However, after the siege, he joined the ASC as a Civil Conductor and so earned the clasp for Cape Colony. He died in Kimberley on 26th September 1901. His obituary read: “It is with much regret that we have to record the death of Mr J W Spencer, which occurred on the 26th September at Kimberley Hospital, at the age of 28 years. He will be remembered as the son of ex-Police Sergeant Spencer, late of the Richmond Police Force. The deceased was formerly employed by Mr R W Simpson at the Herald office, first as an apprentice at Richmond and subsequently in a more prominent position at Barnes, but owing to ill-health and under medical advice he went to South Africa, and there found employment on the Diamond Fields Advertiser. He was in Kimberley throughout the siege, and the privation he then experienced told upon his somewhat weak constitution. After the siege he returned to England for a time, but went back to South Africa about twelve months ago and to his old employment as a compositor. After a time he was obliged to leave this confined sphere of labour, and found work with the Army Service Corps, in charge of military stores, up to the time of his death. He was much respected by all who knew him. He was accorded a military funeral, the escort being formed of Paget's Horse.”
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