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Units that received the Defence of Mafeking clasp 9 months 6 days ago #69519

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I would like to ask for help in identifying medals with the clasp Defence of Mafeking. This is in preparation for a book on the QSA with clasp Defence of Mafeking which is estimated to take 18 months.

These are the units I have identified so far. The numbers after the colon represent the number of medals identified for that unit.

For some of the units, this is an accurate number but, for others, more work is needed to confirm the entitlement and to which unit the medal was named. There are duplicates and omissions in this list but this first pass aims to identify the units that received the clasp.

12th Lancers: 1
17th Lancers: 3
1st Life Guards: 2
2nd Life Guards: 2
9th Lancers: 1
Beaufort West Town Guard: 2
Bechuanaland Rifles: 126
Border Horse: 1
Brabant's Horse: 3
British South Africa Police: 93
Bushveldt Carbineers: 1
Cape Police: 103
Colonial Defence Force: 1
Commander in Chief's Body Guard: 9
Diamond Fields Artillery: 2
Driscoll's Scouts: 4
Duke of Edinburgh Volunteer Rifles: 1
French's Scouts: 1
Gorringe's Flying Column: 2
Grenadier Guards: 1
Imperial Light Horse: 1
Imperial Military Railways: 2
Johannesburg Mounted Rifles: 1
Kaffrarian Rifles: 2
Kimberley Volunteer Regiment: 7
Kitchener's Fighting Scouts: 3
Mafeking Cadet Corps: 39
Mafeking Railway Volunteers: 27
Mafeking Town Guard: 519
Marshall's Horse: 1
Nesbitt's Horse: 3
Prince Alfred's Own Cape Artillery: 1
Protectorate Regiment Field Force: 426
Queentown Rifle Volunteers: 1
Railway Pioneer Regiment: 1
Roberts' Horse: 2
Royal Horse Guards: 3
Scott's Railway Guards: 1
South African Constabulary: 14
Staff: 2
Steinaecker's Horse: 5
Transkei Mounted Rifles: 1
Vryburg Town Guard: 5
Western Province Mounted Rifles: 2
Worcestershire Yeomanry: 1

Total: 1429

Any assistance would be much appreciated.
Dr David Biggins
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The Buxton FID book shows three DofM clasps to FID or, (presumably the Intelligence Corps). Had a trawl and found Capt. Smitheman DSO with DofM amongst others (Rhodesia Regt). Found another who was in the Bech.Rifles - but not the third supposed DofM clasp. Will have a better look on the actual roll tomorrow.
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David...…

It will be interesting to find out what original unit of the following first served in...…

Scott's Railway Guards: 1
South African Constabulary: 14
Staff: 2

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Mike,

Baden-Powell's medal is, I think, possibly named to the SAC.

The other SAC men come from the Protectorate Regiment (9), Bechuanaland Rifles (2), BSAP (1) and Cape Police (1).

The SRG man previously served in the Protectorate Regiment.

The 2 staff are Lord Cecil and Major Vyvyan although the latter's medal may have been issued off the East Kent Regiment roll.

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Thanks David and Good Morning.....

In replying to another email this morning I found the following..... From the Canadian Scouts roll.....

CLARKE, Campbell Hurford, Trooper / 36832 / 21st Sept. 1901 to 31 Mar. 1902 / Protectorate Regiment / Q.S.A. - Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Defence of Mafeking.....

There may be others but have not gone through full roll.....

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Thanks, Mike.

I think there is one other. Trooper W C K Sheppard who served in the Canadian Scouts (36818) as well as Steinaecker's and Roberts' Horse.
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