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  1. That I couldn't say. It's certainly odd, using the obverse die for a plain badge with the reverse die for a detailed badge.
  2. The wording reads 'South Africa' at the top and 'Suid- Afrika' at the bottom. This is the SA Artillery collar badge. Worn in chrome since the 1970s, and also used as a beret badge. There are several variants, some with the wording on the obverse.
  3. A couple of other snippets of info : The National Archives of SA's online inventory lists a file about Capt T.C. Devlin of the Normal College Cadet Corps being commissioned as a lieutenant in the volunteer forces in 1908. This suggests that he was a teacher at the college. He may have been the Thomas Charles Devlin who is listed on this page : https://www.geni.com/people/Thomas-Charles-Devlin/5127613714310116659 Update -- Thomas Charles Devlin's marriage register entry from 1900 states that he and his bride were married at the Normal College in Cape Town : https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C91M-B94Q-6?i=2832
  4. It does. Teacher training colleges in SA were also called 'normal colleges' at one time. The Normal College in Cape Town had a cadet detachment, called 'Normal College Cadet Corps', in the late 19th century. Perhaps Devlin was a student or lecturer at the college at that time.
  5. Hendrik, A/M was 'Air Mechanic', the lowest rank in the SAAF. AFS was 'Air Force Station'. The SA Air Force had a station at Gordon's Bay, a village on the False Bay coast about 30 miles from Cape Town. 7 Motor Boat Section was one of several units which the SAAF maintained for rescuing aircrew from aircraft that crashed in the sea. I'm not sure if it was based at Gordon's Bay or at one of the other coastal towns.
  6. Somewhere in or around Oxford, perhaps? The ox standing on the wavy base (representing a "ford") is found in the Oxford borough arms.
  7. Hi 8th Mounted Rifles were the Midlandse Ruiters, formed in Middelburg (Cape Province) in 1913. Disbanded in 1929, together with most of the other Active Citizen Force mounted rifle units.
  8. From Stirling's The Colonials in South Africa (1907) : THE RAND RIFLES. This corps was raised towards the close of 1900, and was generally employed on the defences of Johannesburg and of posts in the surrounding district. They saw some skirmishing and some sharp attacks on posts,but they were not in any big engagement, and had few opportunities of gaining distinction. The corps remained on service till the end of the war. The following Mention was gained : Lord Kitchener's Despatch : 8th March 1902. Pte. P. N. Maskell,promoted Cpl. by Commander-in-Chief for distinguished conduct in defence of post at Brakpan, February 5, when 5 men repulsed 49 Boers. Another unit of the same name was formed in December 1914 for the German South West Africa campaign, and disbanded in December 1919. Both quite distinct from the Witwatersrand Rifles, a Citizen Force (now Reserve Force) regiment formed in 1905.
  9. Aren't they the rank badges of senior UK police officers?
  10. Thank you for this terrific presentation, Mervyn. Such an interesting story, and such a wealth of documents and accoutrements to help bring it to life.
  11. The BSAC Medal has a very distinctive suspender and clasps, whereas the medal in this photo has a plain suspender and a standard-looking clasp. Those details, plus the general outline of the bust of Queen Victoria on the obverse, certainly make it look like the QSA, or perhaps the Cape of Good Hope GSM, than anything else.
  12. To bump up this topic : I was at the Cape Town Archives today, and I had a quick look at Peter Brown VC's deceased estate papers. The death notice was filled in by Joseph Smiles of 1 Primrose Street, District Six, Cape Town. Brown had been lodging with him, and Smiles claimed against the estate for board and lodging. Smiles gave Brown's birthplace as Sweden, and his age as 61 years and 10 months. That would mean a date of birth in November/December 1832. He described Brown as an "army pensioner". Apparently Brown was illiterate : to support his claim for payment from the estate, Smiles submitted bills for board and lodging which Brown had signed with an X. I also found a file for a liquor retailer named Peter Brown who had been declared insolvent in 1864, i.e. thirty years earlier. I've no idea if it was the same man, but (a) he too signed his name with a X, (b) his address had been 6 Hanover Street, District Six, Cape Town, which was literally around the corner from 1 Primrose Street, and (c ) Brown VC is said to have joined the Frontier Armed & Mounted Police around 1864. If it was the same man, was the business failure perhaps the reason for his enlistment?
  13. Arthur R

    sa railways police hat

    The original version of the badge had a crown at the top. In 1957, when the crown was removed from a number of military and police badges, the SARP decided to replace it with the Voortrekker Monument.
  14. Just to clarify the various units mentioned : - the Cape Mounted Riflemen (sometimes called 'imperial' to distinguish it from the unit below) was a British Army regiment which disbanded in 1870 - the CMR (sometimes called 'colonial' to distinguish it from the above) was a Cape Colony regiment which existed from 1878 to 1913 and then became the 1st SA Mounted Riflemen in the new Union Defence Forces - disbanded 1926 - the Cape Mounted Police was a para-military police force formed in 1882, renamed 'Cape Mounted Police' in 1904, and absorbed into the defence force as the 5th SAMR in 1913 - disbanded 1920 - British Bechuanaland formed a police force c1885 - I don't know what happened to it after British Bechuanaland was incorporated into Cape Colony in 1895.. The CMP had the rank of inspector (equivalent to captain), but the CMR used army ranks. According to the National Archives of SA website, there is a file in the Natal Archives for the deceased estate of Geoffrey O'Connell Scott, born in Oudtshoorn - surviving spouse Marthina Dorothea Maria Scott - 'no trace'. The file is dated 1970-71 : . http://www.national....F81&DN=00000001 Here's a photo of his grave in Newcastle, Natal : http://www.eggsa.org...2_itemId=756923 And one of Henry Raymond Scott's grave in Oudtshoorn : http://www.eggsa.org..._itemId=1341312 And of Daniel O'Connell Scott's grave in Oudtshoorn : http://www.eggsa.org/library/main.php?g2_itemId=1525175 According to the Anglo-Boer War website ( http://www.angloboer...99-oudtshoornvr ) : * Ptes D.C. Scott, H.R. Scott, J. Scott and W.J. Scott served with the Oudtshoorn Volunteer Rifles in the Bechuanaland campaign. So did Cpl C.P. Nel. * Ptes D.Scott, G. Scott, H.R. Scott, J. Scott and William James Scott served with the OVR in the Anglo-Boer War.
  15. I'm with Brett and Brian on this one. He would have qualified for the Italy Star on the day he arrived in the operational theatre, but he would have to serve six months there to qualify for the 1939-45 Star (unless he had previous service in a operational theatre to count towards the six months). The Movement Order shows that he was flown from SA to the Middle East in January 1945, which was only three and a half months before the war ended in Europe.