Hi all! I'm wondering if someone can help me with my questions:
I have recently inherited medals from 3 ancestors streching across the 2nd Boer War, WW1 and WW2. Personally I am extremely interested in military history, however I focus more on WW2 and know little about the exteremely fine details of the 2nd Boer War (only studied it at A-level History)
Any way, my question is based on one ancestors set of medals - a private W.Wright who served in the Boer war and WW1 in the Rifle Brigade - I have his Kings South Africa medal, 1914 Star, War medal and the victory medal along with his 2 cap badges, a few photos of him in uniform in 1914 and His 1914 cigarette case.
The mystery is that his KSA medal has a QSA medal ribbon and there is no QSA medal present - Is there some genuine reason for this?
However I fear that this isn't normal and a QSA medal has been lost through time - I have read that the KSA was never issued alone and in his 1914 photo, his ribbon bar has both a QSA and KSA ribbons on his medal bar. But am I mistaken?
Its a shame if that is the case, I don't like the fact that just one medal is missing from a magnificent set of one of my ancestors and the QSA is arguably the most significant. Would it be worth if this is the case to try a track down the medal on the market and through collectors? And is this actually possible and realistic?
Thanks ever so much, any help would be highly appreciated, if any photos are needed please ask and I will post.
Welcome to the forum. This is a perfect place to start in your quest to re unite what seems is most certainly a missing QSA.It is correct in that the KSA was never issued without the QSA and I would say that over time the QSA has gone missing and it's ribbon has been placed on the KSA.
It is always a good idea to do what you have done by advertising the fact that you are looking for a missing medal. It is not impossible that it should re surface at a point however, prepare for the worst. I would though scout around local auction sites as well as the Ebay's of the world if I were you, as you just never know. I would also get the family to have another good scratch around as all the rest of the medals were together perhaps this one has just simply been misplaced.
I hope it works out.
Part time researcher of the Cape Police and C.P.G Regiment.