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Medals to the Farmer's Guard 3 weeks 10 hours ago #65152

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From Liverpool Medals.

QSA (2) Orange Free State, South Africa 1901 (15 Tpr H. Gradwell, Farmer’s Guard)

What appears to be the Gradwell family all seem to have enlisted at the same time early into the formation of the unit with sequential service numbers, 13 B.J. Gradwell, 15 H. Gradwell, 16 H.W. Gradwell & 17 D.C. Gradwell.

£325

QSA (0) (Trooper H. Du Ploy, Farmers Guard)

£195
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Medals to the Farmer's Guard 3 weeks 9 hours ago #65154

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Just going back to Henk's post about the rate of pay for Farmer's Guard. I have been going through quite a few attestation papers for Wepener men recently and the rate paid to the Farmer's Guard, 5/- per day, was the standard rate for locally raised units.
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City Coins #51, March 2003, contained this medal and information on the Farmer's Guard:

130. – bars: OFS, SA’01 240 Tpr. W.O. Collidge Farmer’s Gd

The Farmer’s Guard (previously called Burgher Police) was formed in 1901 to defend the property and cattle of surrendered burgers in a “protected area” of more than 30 km radius around Bloemfontein. The majority of the men in the unit came from the vicinity of Bloemfontein as well as the Southern and Eastern Free State. By Feb 1902 the radius of the area had been increased to some 65 km. The outposts were spaced at 9 km intervals on the perimeter and were manned by groups of 5-10 guards.
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