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Natal Police 8 years 11 months ago #11529

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According to the Natal Volunteer Record 1899-1900 there are 310 men listed as its total strength for Natal. Another 300 rank and file of the Zululand (Native) Police can also be added. This Roll covers only 1899-1900

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Natal Police 8 years 11 months ago #11531

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Hello Jon,
Well, I think we can say that they are really not common medals and worth having regardless of particular clasps!
Thanks and kind regards Frank

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According to the Natal Volunteer Record 1899-1900 there are 310 men listed as its total strength for Natal. Another 300 rank and file of the Zululand (Native) Police can also be added. This Roll covers only 1899-1900

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Natal Police 8 years 11 months ago #11533

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Brett,

Two fantastic groups you have posted. Really something special.

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Adrian
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Natal Police 8 years 11 months ago #11534

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Thanks for your kind comments, Adrian. Except for the presence of the Rebellion medal, there must be many similar groups for the Cape Police, and with the added bonus of a KSA. Then there are the Cape Police groups with the German medal for 1907 in the Kalahari!

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Natal Police 8 years 11 months ago #11535

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I have problems with the numbers given for the Police in the Natal Volunteer Record. For example, it lists only 67 names for "Besieged in Ladysmith", while there are 90 men with the 'Defence of Ladysmith' clasp on the QSA roll. There are similar discrepancies for the 'Natal' and 'Relief of Ladysmith' clasps. I think part of the problem is that the Record may only have listed the names of men in the Natal Police Field Force (i.e. on active service and disengaged from normal policing duties). It is known that District Police also became embroiled in the war, thereby qualifying for battle clasps (e.g. the Estcourt District Police under Inspector Mardall took part in the 'Relief' operations.) The only mention of District Police in the Record is under the Melmoth Field Force (i.e. "Sub-Inspector Lewis, Sergt. Ottley, 7 troopers."). In addition, there were court and other police in towns, the Water Police in Durban, and gaolers.

There may well be records in the Archives in Pietermaritzburg that will settle this issue.

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Brett,

Yes, you are quite correct.

There can be found many a group to the CP with a few nice medals included. The very early men that had prior service in the FAMP can sometimes be found with the SAGS as well as the CGHGS medal and of course sometimes with the QSA and then often with the KSA. The real bonus is that there are a few DOM and a good many DOK groups out there as well. Then one can also find many a group with the Cape medal, QSA\KSA and WW1 Trio for service in the 5th SAMR.

I have it that there are 66 Kalahari medals to the CP with clasp and 12 without clasp of a total of 92 with and 14 without.The rest going to the CMR and sadly I have none!!

However, there are a few CMR chaps that were awarded the Natal 1906 medal and of course a few Natal Policemen that were awarded the Cape of Good Hope General Service medal as well.

All fascinating stuff.

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Adrian



Brett Hendey wrote: Thanks for your kind comments, Adrian. Except for the presence of the Rebellion medal, there must be many similar groups for the Cape Police, and with the added bonus of a KSA. Then there are the Cape Police groups with the German medal for 1907 in the Kalahari!

Regards
Brett

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