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Wanted - The Lost QSA Medal of Pvt. A Wallace CMR

"Our family is looking for our great grandfather's Canadian Queens South Africa Medal with 3 clasps (Cape Colony, Transvaal and South Africa 1902).

"The medal is named to A. (Andrew) Wallace.

"He fought with the Canadian Mounted Rifles.  

"Family legend has it that Andrew gave the medal away in Vancouver some time in the 50s.

"It was last reported as possibly being sold to a Canadian collector in 1999."

Andrew died in 1967,

The Museum would appreciate any lead you might have on this long lost medal, so that we can restore it to its proper home.





Wanted: Dead or Alive - The Stolen Medals of Canadian Major James Cooper Mason DSO

On Feb. 18th, for heroic bravery, as he result of which he was severely wounded, Lord Roberts visited him in his hospital tent on the battlefield at Paardeberg. Bobs mentioned him in dispatches and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

Some time, in the 1970s all James' medals were stolen from a house of his relatives in Oakville, Ontario.

A substantial reward is offered to anyone who can - anonymity guaranteed - provide information that will lead to the recovery of these medals.

It is not known what medals all were included in the stolen lot, but at least the DSO, the Queen's South Africa medal, and the Colonial Auxiliary Forces medal would have been involved.

His DSO would have had the Queen Victoria crown and cypher.

The QSA probably has bars for Paardeberg and Cape Colony: possibly Transvaal...

They would bear his name Lt. JC Mason RCR or perhaps Maj. JC Mason 10th RG.

You may contact the Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum with information here.


























Go to Lt. James Mason
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Wanted Info - Pvt. W. Calver 4628 - 16th Lancers - KIA - 10-9-01

One of the lonely graves still out on the veldt in South Africa is that of Pte. W Calver of the 16th Lancers, died on Sep 10, 1901.

Most of the single graves in South Africa were collected and centralized in the 1960s and 70s.

The owner of the property the grave is on would like any info you may have on Trooper Calver and the event where he lost his life. Some reports say he died in an accident...

The Soldier Who Was Lost And Found

Rose Willis 

The Prince Albert Road Cemetery, where Private Calver is buried, is difficult to find. It used to be near the main road, but then the N1 was built. Now, while not far from the N1, it is hidden behind some koppies on the Prince Albert side of the railway line.  

The grave is on the farm Goeiemoed, which belongs to Mr TO Slabbert. This farm is on the main road to Prince Albert. 

Both the old road and railway station have fallen into disuse. In fact, the road, once part of the proud Cape to Cairo route was last used so very long ago that its traces have now almost disappeared.

Private Calver was killed accidentally in 1901 and was buried in this little cemetery. His grave is made up with flat Karoo stones and is marked by a Guild Cross. Oddly enough 92 years after his death he became quite famous as a search was mounted to find this cemetery. It was due to the concerted efforts of Ronnie Joubert, owner of the North and South Hotel, that it was found. He asked virtually every local who crossed his threshold if they had seen a war grave in the area.  

There are about forty other graves in the cemetery. Almost none have headstones. The Guild Cross bears this inscription: 

For King and Empire

F W Calver, No 4628 16th Lancers

Died 10 September 1901  

The graveyard is part of the veld – it has no fence, nor gate. It has become part of the Karoo. 










Can you shed any light on the life and death of Pvt. W Calver?

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Wanted - Boer War Gaming Information - 1900

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Game Board, Briton and Boer, 1900

Orig. board - Size - 31 x 31 cm
Found - Somerset, UK

How this game was played is not known. If you know, why not tell us so we can share with others?

The colour patterns are intriguing, with the Boer's Transvaal Republic and the Portuguese territory being treated with grey and pink blocks while British Cape Colony and the Boer Orange Free State share a colour pattern. It cannot be because the game was published after Lord Roberts took Bloemfontein, OFS, because the name of the Free State was changed from the Boer original which the game still displays.

Presumably a set of dice and some kind of moveable counters were involved. But on which squares and how?

It is intriguing to mull over how the larger background blocks might be used in conjunction with the two sets of smaller grids...

Go to Boer War Board Game
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The Missing Bugle - 1861

From time to time we get calls from around the world from people looking for memorabilia, pictures, or information. We will post interesting items hoping that we may be able to find some and connect them to interested parties.

If you have relevant information about where we might locate any of these items we would appreciate a call. CALL INFO

Do you know where we can find...? Descriptive Information

Solid Silver Bugle, enclosed in a case of Tasmanian lightwood, manufactured by Walch of Melbourne, Australia

This picture is NOT the bugle for which we are searching, but an example of what the bugle for which we are looking, MIGHT look like. It is also an 1861 silver bugle presented by a ladies group to a regiment.

Enclosed in a case of Tasmanian lightwood was manufactured by Walch of Melbourne, and bears the following inscriptions:
Presented to the Buckingham Volunteer Rifle Company by the Ladies of the County, June 1861.

(On shield, surrounded with wreath, Rose, Shamrock and Thistle), Ducit Amor Patria

When the “Bucks” were disbanded in 1863, the events of which are another story, the silver bugle was held by the Adjutant, Lieutenant H.E. Smith.  Some 38 years later Mr Smith requested permission from the Minister of Defence that the bugle be presented to the First Contingent, prior to their departure to South Africa.

This request was granted on the 26th October 1899, where in Franklin Square, Hobart, Mrs Dodds, wife of the acting Governor presented the silver bugle (which was handed to her by Mr H.E. Smith) to Captain C. St. C. Cameron for the bugler of the Contingent.

The silver bugle was then engraved with the following inscription:

Presented to the Tasmanian contingent by
 H.F. Smith, Late Lieutenant and Adjutant Buckingham Rifles,
24th October, 1899.

Bugle taken to Boer War but  at this time of writing the bugle cannot not be traced in Tasmania.