As many are aware the South Africa Medal issued to Army, Naval and Colonial forces for the Zulu War has been commanding higher prices in the recent years. For anyone intending to purchase a medal awarded to the officers and men of HMS Active, may I offer a word of caution. If you are interested in a medal awarded for service during the Zulu War you cannot assume that a man’s name being on the Medal Roll is confirmation that he served in the war.
I have found the names of over 60 officers and men, on the Medal Roll, who were awarded medals “without clasp,” and medals with “1877-8” clasp, but were no longer still aboard HMS Active during the Zulu War. These men were awarded their medals for service against Galekas, Gaikas and other tribes in the Eastern Cape. There were other men, though, who were awarded medals “without clasp,” and medals with “1877-8” clasp, who did serve aboard the ship during the war.
Before spending your money, thinking you are getting a medal for the Zulu War, do your homework.
Medals awarded to men of the other ships serving in the Zulu War are not affected by this.
Petty Officer Tom