The King’s South Africa Medal was awarded to all troops who served in South Africa on or after 01 January 1902, and completed 18 months service before 01 June 1902. The medal was not issued alone but always with the Queen’s Medal. Bars: South Africa 1901; Awarded for service during 1901 towards the required service of 18 months; South Africa 1902: Awarded to those who served during 1902. Australians were almost always awarded the medal and both bars, although it was possible to receive the medal with only the 1902 bar. The KSA Medal is a circular, silver medal, 1.52 inches in diameter. The obverse shows King Edward VII, in Field Marshal’s uniform, facing left, with the legend EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR. On the reverse, Britannia is depicted holding the Union Flag in her left hand and a laurel wreath in her right. The right background shows troops marching to the coast and the left shows two men-of-war. Around the top are the words: SOUTH AFRICA. A plain, straight, suspender is attached to the medal with a double-toe claw. The riband is 1.25 inches wide, and consists of three equal stripes (left to right): light green, white, and orange. The medal was authorized in 1902.
The Queen’s South Africa Medal. The medal was awarded to all who served in South Africa between 11 October 1899 and 31 May 1902 (during the Boer War). The obverse shows a crowned and veiled effigy of the Queen Victoria, facing left, with the legend VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX. On the reverse Britannia is depicted holding the Union Flag in her left hand and a laurel wreath in her right hand. In the right background are troops marching to the coast and in the left background are two men-of-war. Around the top are the words SOUTH AFRICA. The first medals, awarded to the Lord Strathcona’s Horse, bore the dates 1899 – 1900. The dates were removed from subsequent medals because the war continued beyond 1900. Some medals still show the ‘ghost’ of 1899 – 1900. A plain, straight suspender is attached to the medal with a double-toe claw.
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