It would indeed be an excellent medal to have! This is the first time I have read of anyone in such circumstances being captured by the Boers. The fact that Syce Khan was twice released by the Boers is very surprising. I wonder which Commando(es) was (were) involved?
Congratulations on reaching another milestone with your collection. It is apt reward for your diligence and persistence. It is a pity about the missing medals in many of the Indian groups, but the search for 're-unites' must add something to your collecting passion for these soldiers and their medals.
David Grant wrote: 1.Un-named - issued in bulk to South Africa and remained in South Africa for distribution to "native participants"
1a.Cape Named to 7(? - there is a reference somewhere to coloured participants)
1b.Privately named - there is one to a casualty of Mafeking that I am aware of.
2. Named in cursive script to Indian participants in India and distributed from there from stock forwarded from South Africa.
3.Named in impressed block capitals at the Mint to Servants , European and Indian, and members of the Indian Ordinance Corps and Hospital Corps.
4. Toad Hall naming and other flights of fantasy.
I had previously posted this to which I can now add, with the addition of medal to Duffadar Doulet, that late issues were also impressed named by the Royal Mint. Doulat's medal issued in 1910
Looking for Salutries, Salootries and Veterinary Duffadars.
I collect primarily QSAs to Indian Recipients.