Webinar 2 – Awards of the Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902) to Boers

REGULATIONS

  • Instituted in terms of Union of South Africa Government Gazette No. 2307, 21 December 1920
  • Regulations made by his Royal Highness the Governor-General-in-Council
  • Awarded to burghers who rendered true and faithful service to the military forces of the Governments of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State
  • Below documents in PDF
D.T.D. and ABO Medal Regulations & Rulings – Cover
D.T.D. and ABO Medal Regulations & Rulings – Page 1
D.T.D. and ABO Medal Regulations & Rulings – Page 2
D.T.D. and ABO Medal Regulations & Rulings – Page 3

D.T.D. and ABO Medal Regulations & Rulings – Page 4
DTD and ABO Medal Regulations & Rulings - Page 5
DTD and ABO Medal Regulations & Rulings – Page 5

Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst (Decoration for Devoted Service)

Awarded to officers for devoted service and who rendered distinguished and specially meritorious service during the war.

Discontinued on 31 December 1946.

Kommandant H.J.J. van Rensburg – Theron Kommando DTD Medal ZAR face
Kommandant H.J.J. van Rensburg – Theron Kommando DTD Medal OFS face
Kommandant H.J.J. van Rensburg – Theron Kommando Type A Naming

Form A

Medalje voor de Anglo-Boeroolog, 1899-1902 (Medal for the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902)

  • All ranks who did military service during the war.
  • Served in the field between 11 October 1899 and 31 May 1902 both days inclusive.

TYPE A SUSPENDER A (INSTITUTION – OCTOBER 1937)

  • Medals with straight non-swivelling suspenders as used on the British War Medal (1914-1918) and with naming in indented large block capitals (often unevenly positioned) as on the South African W.W.I. issue of the B.W.M.
Anglo Boer War medal with Type A Suspender A
World War 1 – British War Medal suspender matching ABO on left
Anglo Boer War Medal – Type A naming same as Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst Medal
DTD and ABO naming for Type A – Kommandant HJJ van Rensburg

TYPE B (OCTOBER 1937 – FEBRUARY 1942)

  • Medals with the WWI non-swivelling suspenders as above but with a thinner and smaller, more even type of indented block capital naming as found on the South African WWII Africa Service Medal.
ABO – Korporaal J.M. Lehmann – Approved in 1941 notice full naming of Rank.

TYPE C SUSPENDER (FEBRUARY 1942 – 1982)

  • Medals with the small thin type of edge lettering and straight non-swivelling suspenders as used for the Africa Service Medal.
  • Under type C there are also variations where a square dot is found after the initials and cases where it is a round dot. An interesting sub-variety also occurs on at least one batch in 1942-43 where the figure ‘6’ was used instead of the letter ‘G’ of BURGER and, in at least one instance, even as the ‘S’ in ARTILLERIS.
Anglo Boer War Medal with Type B Suspender Same as African Service medal on Right
African Service Medal Suspender matching the ABO on left

ABO Burger A.S. Louw Cape Rebel Calvinia Kommando with Generaal Manie Maritz – Approved November 1942 – Notice the SQUARE DOTS
ABO of Kommandant A.P.J. Diedericks (Killed in Action at Magersfontein) Approved in 1954 – The “M” can be seen is different from Type A and does not go all the way down. Notice the ROUND DOTS
ABO Korporaal P.J. de Jager – Reitz Kommando – Approved in 1968 notice rank abbreviation
Vorm “B” Burger Thomas Frederick Dreyer from Wakkerstroom Kommando – Approved in 1923
Vorm “B” Burger Gerhardus Johannes de Jager – Ermelo Kommando – Approved in 1921 Early Print

Lint voor Verwonding opgedaan gedurende de Anglo-Boeroorlog, 1899-1902
(Wound Riband for Wounds received during the Anglo-Boer War)

This distinctive riband shall be granted to those officers and members of the forces of the South African Republic and Orange Free State who, being burghers of those States, were wounded in action during the Anglo-Boer War, between 11th October, 1899, and 31st May, 1902, and are now, a citizens of the Union of South Africa, serving in the Union Defence Forces or liable so to serve if called out under the South Africa Defence Act, 1912.

LVW Cetificate Type A – Issued in 1922
LVW Cetificate Type B – Issued in 1924
LVW – Vorm C – Burger Barend Petrus Buitendag Potchefstroom Kommando – Approved in 1921
LVW – Vorm C – Burger Jan Hendrik Lagrange – Standerton Kommando – Approved in 1922
Here you can see how a VORM B was used but with the amendments of VORM C – Kommandant Hennie van Rensburg – In Richmond he was hiding behind a tree, bullet entry wound is under the Left eye and exit wound was Left ear. “Onder Linkeroog in en onder Linkeroor uit” He healed in the field while still on Kommando but had later years hearing problems.

Also very nice visual illustration of the order of South African Medals.

Wikipedia

References

  • AG (4) ABO 207 – 207/1 – BOX 1 – Gazette 21st December 1920
  • OMRS “Miscellany of Honours”  No. 9 1992 by Henk Loots
  • 6th August 2020 SAHPA.org Webinar with Dewald Nel and Munroe I Swirsky
  • SAHPA ABO Collection by Eric de Jager