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Queens South Africa Medal


The Queen's South Africa Medal or QSA was awarded to military personnel who served in the Boer War in South Africa between October 11, 1899 and May 31, 1902. Irish Regiments took part in this war, among them The Dublin Fusiliers. The QSA was the medal issued to all who served in South Africa up to the end of the war in May 1902.


The medal comes with Clasps also known as Bars attached to the ribbon, it is possible for a medal to have no clasps or bars. There were two types of Clasp, State Clasps and Battle Clasps. The South Africa 1901 and 1902 Clasps were usually found on the Kings South Africa medal but were also found on the QSA where the recipient of the QSA was no entitled to a KSA Medal.
Initially the reverse of the medals showed the years 1899 and 1900 but this was removed when the war lasted beyond 1900. Medals can be found where the 1899 and 1900 was not completely removed and where these years are still visible it is known as Ghost Dates which are more often found on the earlier issued medals.

State Clasps

  • CAPE COLONY - 11 October 1899 - 31 May 1902

  • NATAL - 11 October 1899 and 11 June 1900
  • RHODESIA - 11 October 1899 - 17 May 1900
  • ORANGE FREE STATE - 28 February 1900 - 31 May 1902
  • TRANSVAAL - 24 May 1900 and 31 May 1902
  • SOUTH AFRICA 1901 - Awarded to those not eligible for the King's Medal although they had served at the front between 01 January and 31 December 1901.
  • SOUTH AFRICA 1902 - Awarded to those not eligible for the King's Medal although they had served at the front between 01 January and 31 May 1902.
                                                            Battle Clasps
  • DEFENCE OF MAFEKING 13 October 1899 - 17 May 1900 (CC)
  • DEFENCE OF KIMBERLEY 15 October 1899 - 15 February 1900 (CC)
  • TALANA 20 October 1899 (Natal)
  • ELANDS-LAAGTE 21 October 1899 (Natal)
  • DEFENCE OF LADYSMITH 3 November 1899 - 28 February 1900 (Natal)
  • BELMONT 23 November 1899 (CC)
  • MODDER RIVER 28 November 1899 (CC)
  • RELIEF OF LADYSMITH 15 December 1899 - 28 February 1900 (Natal)
  • TUGELA HEIGHTS 12-27 February 1900 (Natal)
  • RELIEF OF KIMBERLEY 15 February 1900 (CC)
  • PAARDEBERG 17-26 February 1900 (OFS)
  • DRIEFONTEIN 10 March 1900 - Awarded to troops serving with Army Headquarters and LtGen French's column which advanced from Popular Grove on 10 March 1900 (OFS)
  • WEPENER 9-25 April 1900 (OFS)
  • RELIEF OF MAFEKING 17 May 1900 (CC)
  • JOHANNESBURG - Awarded to those troops who, on 29 May 1900, were north of an east and west line through Klip River Station and east of a north and south line through Krugersdorp Station (Trans)
  • DIAMOND HILL 11-12 June 1900 (Trans)
  • WITTEBERGEN 1-29 July 1900 (OFS)
  • BELFAST - Awarded to troops who, on 26 or 27 August 1900, were east of a north and south line drawn through Wonderfonein, and west of a north and south line through Dalmanutha Station, and north of an east and west line drawn through Carolina (Trans)
  • LAING'S NEK 12 June 1901 (Natal)


All medals awarded to the military have Name Rank and Service Number. Commissioned Officers do not have a service number
Medals also usually have the Corps or Regiment on them

The King's South Africa Medal



The King's South Africa Medal or KSA was awarded to all troops who served in the Boer War 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 South Africa Medal or QSA.


The KSA was awarded only to those troops who fought in 1902, and who had served for 18 months. Service did not have to be continuous, but even with continuous service the recipient would have had to serve from December 1900 to have 18 months service before the war ended in May 1902 (and commencing before the death of Queen Victoria on 22 January 1901). Hence the majority of participants qualified for the QSA only.



As with the Queens South Africa Medal the KSA was named with the soldiers Name Rank and Service Number.
The KSA also contained the Corps or Regiment the soldier served with.