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  1. The John Chards and the Good Service Medals can certainly be worn together by those who qualified for them. In this case, the precedence would be - SADF Good Service Gold (30 years) - JCD (20 years) - JCM (10 or 12 years).
  2. Dug is quite correct. The prescribed order of wearing is : Orders and decorations for bravery and meritorious service - including the HC, PMM, DTM and MMM Campaign and general service medals - including the Pro Patria, Southern Africa and General Service Medals Commemorative medals - including the Unitas Medal Long service medals - including the John Chard and De Wet Medals Sports achievement awards Champion shot medals.
  3. A nice variety of decorations you have there, Wessel. I would also treat them as four separate groups. Were they all to have been awarded to one person, then he would follow his country's order of precedence which, in SA is : - SA awards (post-1952) - UK awards (including VC) and pre-1952 SA awards - other countries' awards, in order of date earned. In SA, the VC has been ranked as a foreign award since 1967 (if not 1961) and it no longer outranks the Honoris Crux. The current rankings in each country are : SA : HC -- Pro Patria. UK : VC -- GC -- MBE -- MC. USA : DSC -- LoM -- PH.
  4. Thanks for posting the reverses of the three mystery medals, Alex. Definitely the Bop coat of arms. I wonder what on earth they are. They aren't any of the Bop awards that are listed in the 2005 consolidated table of precedence (unless one of them is the State President's Medal for Shooting, of which I've never seen a pic or description). Prototypes of medals that were never finalised perhaps?
  5. I think that the wording is SUID-AFRIKAANSE MUNT (around the top ) and SOUTH AFRICAN MINT (around the bottom).
  6. As far as I can tell : 1 (gold badge on neck ribbon) is Grand Commander 2 (star with red circlet) is Grand Commander 3 (star with blue circlet) -- possibly military division? 4 (silver badge on neck ribbon) is probably Commander 5 (blue cross) is Commander in the Military Division (added in 1992) 6 (silver badge on chest ribbon) is either Officer or Member 7 (silver medal on chest ribbon) must be the Medal of the Order (added in 1992). What are the reverse designs?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Somewhere in or around Oxford, perhaps? The ox standing on the wavy base (representing a "ford") is found in the Oxford borough arms.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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