Unusually for a town Guard, a main roll and reserve roll was submitted and, rather than being combined into one, medals were issued to both units, the
Ladismith Town Guard
Ladismith Reserve Town Guard
. 56 men are listed on the main roll and 20 on the reserve roll. The nett issue of medals was 50 and 17 respectively.
How someone came to be enrolled in the main unit or the reserve unit is not clear. Corporal C W Crafford served in the main unit whereas Private D G Crafford served in the reserve. There were 3 men with the surname Nel on the main roll and one on the reserve roll.