The Midlands area of Natal started to be settled by Europeans in the 1830s. The animals brought by the settlers proved attractive to the indigenous Zulu and San people who started to raid them. Between 1845 and 1872, approximately 2287 cattle and 400 horses were stolen. The 45th Regiment, Sherwood Foresters, completed the building of a fort in 1856 to put a stop to these raids. The location was named Nottingham Road.
The original medal roll shows 32 QSAs were issued to the Commandant on 1 September 1906. This was supplemented by a list of additional names submitted in 1908. The supplementary roll added a further 9 names (excluding one duplication) and was again signed by the President of the Rifle Association, James King. Interestingly, the rank of these 10 people is shown as 'Member' and this was not a rank on the original roll. The writing on the original roll is difficult to read in some places.
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