Good morning Brett,
A very emotive last paragraph, I have wondered for many years now, just how many of the 30,000 or so natives in the service of the crown during the war, actually received a medal.
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One such account that took my eye was written by Scout Stephan Molife:
"At Brakenlaagte (sic), Transvaal, I being alone in a hole as a sentinel and under the command of Colonel McKenzie, a Boer and Kaffir both armed came to spy out the camp, and I shot both, the kaffir dead and wounded the Boer who was subsequently taken over by the ambulance.
On parting with the Marquis Tullibardine he called the Scouts up and thanked us much for our work."
In 1976,Donald Hall had on his May list a bronze QSA to "Cooly Bahadur" for £22.00 I have never seen another ranked as a Cooly. There are no rank of cooly on the surviving rolls for the Indian Contingent in the NA, Kew , although it does occur on the rim of other medals; Tibet for example. I have always taken it to be a rank relating to a Cooly Corps raised during the siege at Ladysmith from refugees ,of indentured labourers, that came to the town for safety from the Republican Forces . If you find a roll for the Cooly Corps at PMB, it might prove, at least, that conscripted members of the Indian communities were rewarded with a medal.
Looking for Salutries, Salootries and Veterinary Duffadars.
I collect primarily QSAs to Indian Recipients.
I have scanned Samuelson's rolls and there are two 'Simons', both on the roll compiled by Chief Native Scout Simeon Kambule of the men who served under him. They are:
40 Simon Mkize
138 Simon Ndhlovu
Biblical forenames, or the 'Christian' names introduced by missionaries, were common amongst the Zulus, so it might be difficult to pin down 'your' Simon. Since no names from Natal were forwarded to Britain for naming, 'your' Simon must have been on a FID roll compiled elsewhere. It is clear from supporting documentation that accompanies Samuelson's lists that Natal Zulus did not served only in Natal.
It will be interesting to compare Samuelson's roll with FID rolls to find out if there are other 'matches'.
By the way, it is clear from submissions made to the Natal Government that the Natal Native Scouts were claiming the silver QSA. A copy of Army Order No. 94 (1901) was copied to the Government with Paragraph 28 marked:
"28. The medal in silver, with clasps, will be granted to any native soldiers specially employed within the sphere of operations, who fulfill the necessary conditions."
The "specially employed" was also highlighted.