Brett Hendey wrote: Thanks to the kindness of Brian Conyngham, I recently added second Natal Police Field Force (FF) title to my NMP/NP badge and button collection. This is only the third example I have seen, so I think of it as very rare. However, since I spend next to no time on badge collecting, perhaps the FF title is in fact not uncommon. I hope there is a badge collector who reads this and can offer an authoritative opinion on the subject.
I thought you might be suggesting that the FF title was a fake! It came in a packet with a very nice Victorian KRRC cap badge and a few Rhodesian badges, which Brian bought on auction for me for about GBP10. Although I still do not know if the badge is a rarity, I think Brian got it at a bargain price.
The Great War MC group of only 4 to John Hamdon Symonds, who served in the Natal Police during the early part of the War.
Picture courtesy of City Coins
MC GV LG 8 Aug 1917
QSA (5) RoL, Belf, CC, OFS, Tr (1994 Tpr. Natal Police)
KSA (2) (12/Lcrs)
1914-15 Star (unnamed)
After joining the Natal Police in 1894 he qualified for the Relief of Ladysmith and Belfast clasps. Resigning in Feb 1901, he joined the Scottish Horse as 2nd Lt. He was severely wounded in action at Vlakfontein on 29 May 1901. He was at Moedewill on 30 September 1901 when the Regiment lost a
total of 3 officers, 17 men killed and 53 wounded. Lieut Symonds, along with 9 others, was MiD “For gallantry at Moedewill on 30th September, 1901”
by Lord Kitchener. Symonds subsequently joined the SAC and in Feb 1902 the 12th Lancers.