On the medal roll that has been passed around on this forum, there are lines drawn through the names of the “Active’s” Kroomen, and a few others, with a resulting total of 409 medals issued 22 June 1881. I don’t know why this was done, unless the Navy only wanted to count have many medals were issued to actual members of the Royal Navy.
Some sources erred when assuming that this meant that the medals were not issued to Kroomen; an error that I fell for at one time. “Don’t’ believe everything you read on the internet!”
On a subsequent copy of the medal roll it plainly shows medals issued to most of the Kroomen from late 1881 to 1884.