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Western Province Mounted Rifles 7 years 8 months ago #24052

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I picked up this badge last week at a Joburg auction. It is not listed in Colin Owen's book so, luckily it was ignored by the other bidders. Maybe the fact that it seems to have been relugged didnt help its cause. I see that it is numbered - not sure of the significance ?
The badge is metioned in Curson's book ( and illustrated but it is a small pic and the quality of the book makes it all but illegible)
Tylden states that the unit was raised in December 1900 from mainly Cape Peninsula men. The unit had a maximum strength of about 500 men and operated in the Calvinia and Van rhynsdorp areas. Disbanded May 1901.
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Western Province Mounted Rifles 7 years 8 months ago #24053

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According to the medal rolls one William Wybert Reeve was no. 270 with the WPMR.

Possibly his badge if the link is not too tenuous?

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Western Province Mounted Rifles 7 years 8 months ago #24056

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An interesting possibility. All I need now is the medal so that I can 'claim'that this was how it worked.
Can anyone verify that the number on the badge related to the service number ?
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Western Province Mounted Rifles 7 years 8 months ago #24090

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Hello Mike,
This has been brought up on here before, to the best of my knowledge, there is no such relation at all, this regiment tended to wear the initials of it's name and two versions of the badge you show as well, the first version was rather better in the way it was made, the quality is noticeably good, but, the die used had an error with the date, so the badge you have, were issued and these particular ones were always numbered.
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mike rowan wrote: An interesting possibility. All I need now is the medal so that I can 'claim'that this was how it worked.
Can anyone verify that the number on the badge related to the service number ?
Regards
Mike

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Western Province Mounted Rifles 7 years 8 months ago #24094

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Thanks Frank,
As you say, the quality of the strike is not too wonderful, but it fills a gap.
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Western Province Mounted Rifles 7 years 8 months ago #24095

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Hello Mike,
I rather like them, they were worn and they are certainly not ten a penny these days.
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