I purchased the medal group of a member of Botha's Bodyguard several years ago, and I researched both the man and his unit. Terence King's book, Gallantry Awards of the South African Police 1913-1994, includes information on the Bodyguard. Audrey of rhino.research was very helpful in tracking down 'my' man's service record - not an easy task.
Const P J Pretorius, 3894(M) was recruited from Police District 37 (Heidelberg).
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I forgot to add that Const Pretorius served in Troop No. 1 of the Bodyguard, which was under 1st Class Sergeant Murphy (Pretoria).
This information came from one of what was evidently a series of reports on the Bodyguard published in the magazine, The Nongqai, I have a photocopy of only one of these reports, which dealt with the assembly of the Bodyguard in Pretoria and move to Cape Town prior to embarking for GSWA. The author, Moore Richie, evidently Const E M Richie from HQ Pretoria, mentions a previous report that dealt with the Rebellion., and I presume there were later reports in subsequent issues of The Nongqai.
By the way, The Nongqai was the indigenous name of the Zululand Police, and it was later chosen as the name for the magazine of the Natal Police into which the Zululand Police had been incorporated in 1898.. In 1913 it became the magazine of the SA Mounted Rifles, SA Police and SA Prisons. After the National Party came to power in 1948, thereby finally winning the Boer War, the name of the magazine was changed to something more suitable for that New SA (which was replaced by another [and current] New SA in 1994).