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NZ Rough Rider William Dais 1 month 3 weeks ago #76182

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Hi - new to this and currently researching my Great Grandfather William Dais.

I have noted you have him listed in the third contingent but not in the Eighth contingent.

Information I have has him part of the North Island Regiment - B Squadron. His rank was Saddler-Sergeant. His Reg number 5157. Information I found on nzhistory.govt.nz/soldier/william-dais.

Was hoping the above information could be added to your records.

Also trying to find information about the medals he had been awarded. You have the KSA and QSA medals noted but wondering about which clasps and how do I locate such information.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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NZ Rough Rider William Dais 1 month 3 weeks ago #76183

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Hello Goanna
Welcome to the forum
I have found 2 entries for W Dais Regiment number 728.
Medal roll notes state his other number 5157.
Saddler Sergeant
Medal Rolls for 3rd NZRR and NZMR
His clasps award were Orange Free State, Cape Colony and Transvaal. Roll date 16th July 1901 Wellington.
His 2 date clasps roll 1901 and 1902 is dated Cape Town 7th October 1903
QSA with 5 clasps..... No KSA found on Ancestry roll
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NZ Rough Rider William Dais 1 month 3 weeks ago #76186

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Medal rolls as mentioned above, also a document pertaining to medals received unengraved 19.06.1901
hope this helps?
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NZ Rough Rider William Dais 1 month 2 weeks ago #76263

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Hi Goanna,

Welcome to the Forum. The problem you are going to face, as alluded to by Dave, is that William Dais received an unnamed medal during the visit to New Zealand by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall in June 1901. Many recipeints of such unnamed medals later had theirs engraved privately, but that's by no means a certainty - basically you'll never know until it turns up.

He is entitled to the QSA as per Dave's post, and I have attached a photograph of him - just in case you didn't have one of him. It is taken from the Weekly Press newspaper of 21/3/1900.

His service file is here: www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullIte...20519615&digital=yes

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Very Interesting...... Your Photo.....

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