The Medal was instituted in 1899 to be awarded to participants in the Boer War. The Cape Colony clasp was awarded for service in the Cape between 11 October 1899 and 31 May 1902, the Orange Free State clasp for service in the Orange River Colony between 28 February 1900 and 31 May 1902; the Transvaal clasp for service in that province between 24 May 1900 and 31 May 1902; the South Africa 1901 clasp for front-line service during 1901; the South Africa 1902 clasp for front-line service between 1 January 1902 and 31 May 1902.
The latter two clasps were not awarded to those who were eligible for the Kings South Africa Medal but since the qualification for the K. Medal was for front-line service during 1902 plus a minimum of 18 months total service in South Africa (thus implying service since December 1900), the majority of those who fought in 1902 did not qualify for the K.
Medal and thus received the Q. Medal with clasp(s), as in this example. Private Walter Bush, a checker from Rochester, Kent, joined the 1st Royal Dragoons on 5 March 1900 aged 18 years and 4 months. We are long-established specialist dealers in orders and medals of the world. We offer only genuine original items.
The item "Queens South Africa Medal with 5 clasps to Private W. Bush, 1st Royal Dragoons" is in sale since Tuesday, October 23, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\Boer War (1899-1902)". The seller is "medal-medaille" and is located in Dorchester. This item can be shipped worldwide.