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  1. Somewhere in or around Oxford, perhaps? The ox standing on the wavy base (representing a "ford") is found in the Oxford borough arms.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Aren't they the rank badges of senior UK police officers?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Hello Helen, and welcome. I should think a lot of people would be very interested in this diary. The SA Museum of Military History and the SA Air Force Museum would probably be keen to have copies. Their websites are http://www.ditsong.o...taryhistory.htm and http://www.saafmuseum.org . The Lieut Van der Spuy mentioned would have been Kenneth van der Spuy, who had a very interesting career, eventually reaching the rank of major-general. When he died, in his 90s, he as the oldest living pilot in the world. He wrote an autobiography entitled Chasing the Wind. Gen Coen Brits was a very larger-than-life character, but probably not very well-known today. He commanded a mounted brigade, and later a division.
  12. Very nice, Mervyn and, as you say, unusual to find one of these not attached to a WW2 group. A point not made in the Medal Yearbook is that whereas in the UK and elsewhere the Efficiency Medal was an army award, in South Africa it was a tri-service award. Hence, as in Cpl Hammond's case, it could be awarded to Active Citizen Force members of the air force.
  13. Good question, i.e. I don't know the answer. My guess is that they wore the SA Chaplains Service cap badge on their collars. It would have been consistent with the general practice that officers below the rank of colonel wear the corps badge on the collar. AFAIK, they wore the maltese cross emblem (or a Shield of David in the case of Jewish chaplains) on each shoulder.
  14. In a word : seniority. The chi-rho monogram on a triangle was introduced in 1968. By then, chaplains had been made equivalent to colonels. In the late 1980s, as the national service / conscription system reached its peak, newly qualified and ordained clergymen were being drafted into the defence force. Because they were too junior to be given colonel status right away, the defence force introduced the maltese cross emblem for them to wear for a few years, before they were upgraded.
  15. Well, there is precedent for this ... sort of. South Africa instituted a special medal for the police who were on security duty during the soccer world cup in 2010.