Since acquiring Trooper Smith's medal a few months ago, I have tried, largely unsuccessfully, to find out more about the man. The 'Natal Almanac and Register' of 1879 records him as:
"Smith, Sianey, wagonmaker, Longfontein, Helpmekaar".
"Sianey" is likely to be an incorrect spelling. In Terry Sole's recently published book on Colonials in the Zulu War, Smith is recorded as "Stanley". However, there is another opinion that has his forename as "Sydney".
Since Smith's medal surfaced with medals awarded to a 'Guttridge' from an extant member of the Guttridge family, there was clearly a strong link between the two families. The 1879 Natal Almanac includes the following listing:
"Gutridge (sic), Benjamin, blacksmith, Longfontein, Helpmekaar".
I have assumed that Stanley (or Sydney) Smith and Benjamin Guttridge were business partners, perhaps with offspring who intermarried, hence the later ownership of Smith's medal by a Guttridge descendent.
A nominal roll of the Buffalo Border Guard on another forum listed the following Guttridges:
Sergeant Jack Guttridge and Trooper Benjamin Guttridge
Sole's book gives the forenames of both these men as "John", with the Trooper John (or is it Benjamin?) as the man killed during the Battle of Isandlwana.
I would be interested in knowing if anyone reading this post can shed more light on the Smiths and Guttridges of the Buffalo Border Guard.
PS My interest in the Buffalo Border Guard stems from the fact that a distant relative, Trooper Charles Lennox Stretch, was an Isandlwana survivor. I mention this here because Sole has recorded this man as "Charles St Leger Stretch". So, there is another difference in forenames.