The Queen South Africa Medal to the
Royal Navy and the Royal Marines
Slightly more than 10,000 QSAs were awarded to men who served on 31 ships,
70% of which were issued without clasps
The Ship
The Medals
The Men
     
H.M.S. BARRACOUTA

3rd class cruiser 1580 tons. Commissioned at Sheerness 8 June
1897 for the Cape Station. Re-commissioned at Simonstown 24
October 1900. Period on station: 26 September 1900-31 May
1902.
318 QSAs to the ship, 262 no clasp, 1
one clasp, 36 two clasps and 19 three
clasps.
153815 Ch. Sto. J. Goundrill, H.M.S.
Barracouta.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp
(Groundrill); British War Medal (Goundrill).
H.M.S. BARROSA

3rd class cruiser 1580 tons. Re-commissioned at Simon’s Bay 4
September 1897 for the Cape Station. Period on station: 11
October 1899-25 March 1901.
158 QSAs to the ship, 102 no clasp, 31
one clasp, 1 two clasps, 7 three clasps
and 17 four clasps.
286226 E.R.A. 3rd Cl. J. Tonkin, H.M.S.
Barrosa.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp.
H.M.S. BEAGLE

3rd class cruiser 1580 tons. Commissioned at Portsmouth 21 May
1901 for the Cape Station. Periods on station: 19 July 1901-4
November 1901 and 4 December 1901-31 May 1902.
127 QSAs to the ship, 110 no clasp
and 17 two clasps.
189552 AB W.F. Hayden, H.M.S. Beagle.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp (H.M.S.
Beagle); 1914-15 Star; British War Medal;
Victory Medal; Long Service & Good Conduct
Medal (H.M.S. Neptune).
H.M.S. BLANCHE

3rd class cruiser 1580 tons. Commissioned at Devonport 20
November 1900 for the Cape Station. Periods on station: 31
January 1901-19 July 1901 and 1 December 1901-31 May 1902.
173 QSAs to the ship, 155 no clasp, 5
one clasp and 13 two clasps.
285177 L. Sto. G.K. Lewis, H.M.S. Blanche.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp; (Sto.);
1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory
Medal; Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service &
Good Conduct Medal (GVR) (Dev. B. 723).
H.M.S.  DORIS

2nd class cruiser 5600 tons. Commissioned at Devonport 18th
November 1897 for the Cape Station. Period on station: 11
October 1899-15 April 1901.
718 QSAs to the ship, 346 no clasp,
183 one clasp, 28 two clasps, 31 three
clasps, 67 four clasps, 16 five clasps, 9
six clasps, 33 seven clasps and 5 eight
clasps.
181598 AB A. Slamer, H.M.S. Doris.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Belmont,
Modder River, Paardeberg, Driefontein.
H.M.S. DWARF

1st class gunboat 710 tons. Commissioned at Devonport 31
August 1899 for the Cape Station. Re-commissioned at St.
Helena 28 May 1902. Periods on station: 6 November 1899-19
May 1900, 3 May 1901-4 November 1901 and 10 May 1902-31
May 1902.
176 QSAs to the ship, all no clasp.
209525 C.P.O. E.R. Phillips, H.M.S. Dwarf
& H.M.S. Orion.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp (Boy 1
Cl. H.M.S. Dwarf); 1914-15 Star (PO RN);
Naval LS&GC (GVR) (CPO H.M.S. Orion).
H.M.S. FEARLESS
3rd class cruiser 1580 tons. Re-commissioned at Malta 30
November 1897 for the Mediterranean Station attached to the
Cape Station. Period on station: 5 December 1899-23 August
1900.
145 QSAs to the ship, all no clasp.
283985 Sto. J.R. Robinson, H.M.S. Fearless.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp.
H.M.S. FORTE

2nd class cruiser 4860 tons. Commissioned at Chatham 20 April
1899 for the Cape Station. Re-commisiioned at Simon’s Bay 15
May 1902. Periods on station: 11 October 1899-16 August 1900,
24 June 1901-3 Deember 1901, 5 April 1902-11 May 1902 and
15 May 1902-31 May 1902.
574 QSAs to the ship, 415 no clasp,
122 one clasp, 9 two clasps, 1 three
clasps, 4 four clasps and 23 five clasps.
341665 Arm-Crw G. Davidson, H.M.S. Forte.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Natal.
H.M.S. GIBRALTAR

1st class cruiser 7700 tons. Commissioned at Portsmouth 5
March 1901 for the Cape Station. Periods on station 13 April
1901-28 December 1901 and 4 February 1902-31 May 1902.
621 QSAs to the ship, 617 no clasp
and 4 one clasp.
206899 Ord. G.H. Slade, H.M.S. Gibraltar.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp.
H.M.S. MAGICIENNE

3rd class cruiser 1580 tons. Commissioned at Devonport 18
November 1897 for the Cape Station. Period on station 11
October 1899-6 November 1900.
236 QSAs to the ship, 230 no clasp
and 6 one clasp.
169348 Cooper R.T. Leigh, H.M.S.
Magicienne.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp.
H.M.S. MAGPIE

1st class gunboat 805 tons. Commissioned at Devonport 2
November 1899 for the Cape Station. Periods on station: 12
November 1900-21 June 1901 and 27 October 1901-12 May
1902.
89 QSAs to the ship, 75 no clasp, 13
one clasp and 1 two clasps.
141070 SPO W. Clarke, H.M.S. Magpie.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp (Lg.
Sto. H.M.S. Magpie); British War Medal (SPO
RN); Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
(VR) (Lg. Sto. H.M.S. Magpie).
H.M.S. MONARCH

3rd class battleship 8845 tons. Commissioned at Chatham 26
January 1897 as the guardship of the Cape Station. Period on
station 11 October 1899-31 May 1902.
1091 QSAs to the ship, 812 no clasp,
58 one clasp, 37 two clasps, 31 three
clasps, 18 four clasps, 18 five clasps,
50 six clasps, 39 seven clasps, 17
eight clasps and 11 unknown.
5715 Gnr. J. Read, Royal Marine Artillery,
H.M.S. Monarch.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Belmont,
Modder River, Paardeberg, Driefontein.
H.M.S. NAIAD

2nd class cruiser 3400 tons. Commissioned at Portsmouth 19
March 1901 for the Mediterranean Station and attached to the
Cape Station. Period on station: 27 April 1901-30 November
1901.
250 QSAs to the ship, 133 no clasp
and 117 two clasps.
Po5691 Cpl. W. Dilley, Royal Marine Light
Infantry, H.M.S. Naiad.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape
Colony, South Africa 1901 (W. Dilley Cpl., H.
M.S. Naiad); Long Service & Good Conduct
Medal (EVIIR) (PO. 5691 William Dilley, Corpl.
R.M.L.I.).
H.M.S. NIOBE

1st class cruiser 11000 tons. Commissioned at Devonport 6
December 1898 for the Channel Squadron and attached to the
Cape Station. Period on station: 25 November 1899-23 August
1900.
660 QSAs to the ship, 530 no clasp,
129 one clasp and 1 two clasps.
Ply4473 Pte. W. Williamson, Royal Marine
Light Infantry, H.M.S. Niobe.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Cape
Colony; 1914-15 Star; British War Medal;
Victory Medal.
H.M.S. PARTRIDGE

1st class gunboat 755 tons.. Commissioned at Chatham 4 May
1899 for the Cape Station. Re-commissioned at Simonstown 14
May 1902. Periods on station: 11 October 1899-2 January 1902
and 5 April 1902-31 May 1902.
161 QSAs to the ship, 150 no clasp, 8
one clasp and 3 two clasps.
268768 ERA C. Eyvell, H.M.S. Partridge.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp.
H.M.S. PEARL

3rd class cruiser 1580 tons. Commissioned at Devonport 17
December 1901 for the Cape Station. Period on station 17 April
1902-31 May 1902.  
203 QSAs to the ship, 189 no clasp,  
and 14 two clasps.
7742 Pte. G.W. Cousins, Royal Marines,
H.M.S. Pearl.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp.
H.M.S. PELORUS

3rd class cruiser 2135 tons. Commissioned at Chatham 30 March
1897 for the Channel Squadron and attached to the Cape
Station. Period on station: 18 December 1899-26 June 1900.
229 QSAs to the ship, 215 no clasp, 13
one clasp and 1 two clasps.
104552 P.O. 1st Cl. T. Wood H.M.S. Pelorus.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp.
H.M.S. PHILOMEL

3rd class cruiser 2575 tons. Commissioned at Devonport 1
December 1898 for the Cape Station. Periods on station: 11
October 1899-1 June 1901 and 14 September 1901-23 January
1902.
230 QSAs to the ship, 152 no clasp, 30
one clasp, 17 two clasps, 3 three
clasps, 3 four clasps, 24 five clasps
and 1 six clasps.
147123 PO1 R.W. Jane, H.M.S. Philomel.

East & West Africa Medal clasp Gambia 1894
(AB H.M.S. Magpie); Queen’s South Africa
Medal clasps Tugela Heights, Orange Free
State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laings
Nek (AB H.M.S. Philomel); 1914-15 Star (PO1
RN); British War Medal (PO1 RN); Victory
Medal (PO1 RN); Long Service & Good
Conduct Medal (PO CL1 H.M.S. Prince
Edward).
H.M.S. POWERFUL

1st class cruiser 14200 tons. Commissioned at Portsmouth 8
June 1897 for the China Station and attached to the Cape
Station. Period on station: 14 October 1899-27 March 1900.
808 QSAs to the ship, 415 no clasp,
308 one clasp, 13 two clasps, 5 three
clasps, 28 four clasps, 19 five clasps, 2
six clasps, 16 seven clasps and 2 eight
clasps.
179433 Ord. A.H. Field, H.M.S. Powerful.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Defence of
Ladysmith. Drowned on service 25 June 1902.
H.M.S. RACOON

3rd class cruiser 1770 tons. Commissioned at Sheerness 1
February 1898 for the East Indies Station attached to the Cape
Station. Period on station: 13 January 1900-15 July 1900.
178 QSAs to the ship, 176 no clasp
and 2 one clasp.
168017 AB J.T. Glanville, H.M.S. Racoon.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp.
H.M.S. RAMBLER

Survey vessel 835 tons. Commissioned at Bermuda for the
Surveying Service. Period on station: 5 November 1899-26 June
1900.
110 QSAs to the ship, all no clasp.
99308 PO1 C. Linington, H.M.S. Rambler.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp; British
War Medal.
H.M.S. RATTLER

1st class gunboat 715 tons. Commissioned at Sheerness 14
February 1901 for the Cape Station. Period on station: 19
September 1901-31 May 1902.
76 QSAs to the ship, all no clasp.
156759 C.P.O. P. Foulger, H.M.S. Rattler.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp (PO 1
Cl. H.M.S. Rattler); 1914-15 Star (CPO RN);
BWM (CPO RN); Victory (CPO RN); LS&GC
(EVIIR) (H.M.S. Merlin).
H.M.S. REDBREAST
1st class gunboat 805 tons. Commissioned at Haulbowline 19
March 1900 for the East Indies Station attached to the Cape
Station. Period on station: 12 February 1901-1 April 1901.
87 QSAs to the ship, all no clasp.
342829 Ldg. Car. Cr. B. O’Brien,
H.M.S. Redbreast.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp.
H.M.S. SAPPHO

2nd class cruiser 3400 tons. Commissioned at Chatham 18
August 1900 for the south east coast of America attached to the
Cape Station. Period on station: 23 February1900-27th July 1900.
255 QSAs to the ship, 254 no clasp
and 1 two clasps.
287564 Sto. G. Dent, H.M.S. Sappho.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp.
H.M.S. SYBILLE

2nd class cruiser 3400 tons. Commissioned at Portsmouth 9
October 1900 for the Cape Station. Period on station: 2 January
1901-25 February 1901. Wrecked after striking rocks in Lambert’
s Bay 16 January 1901.
272 QSAs to the ship, 187 no clasp, 80
one clasp and 5 two clasps.
160152 Sailmaker’s Mate T. Snowden,
H.M.S. Sybille.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Cape
Colony.
H.M.S.TARTAR

3rd class cruiser 1770 tons. Commissioned at Chatham 19 May
1898 for the Cape Station. Periods on station: 11 October 1899-2
October 1900 and 11 January 1901-29 July 1901.
195 QSAs to the ship, 103 no clasp, 59
one clasp, 9 two clasps, 4 three clasps,
1 four clasps, 18 five clasps and 1 six
clasps.
106931 AB J. Forsyth, H.M.S. Tartar.

Egypt Medal 1882 clasp Alexandria 11th July
(Ord. H.M.S. Monarch); Queen’s South Africa
Medal clasp Cape Colony (AB H.M.S. Tartar);
British War Medal (106931 AB RN); Khedive’s
Star 1882 (unnamed as issued).
H.M.S. TERPSICHORE
2nd class cruiser 3400 tons. Commissioned at Chatham 7
February 1901 for the Cape Station. Periods on station: 29
March-6 April 1901 and 29 July 1901-15 March 1902.
273 QSAs to the ship, 136 no clasp
and 137 two clasps.
177612 AB E.F. Prior, H.M.S. Terpsichore.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape
Colony, South Africa 1901; Africa General
Service Medal clasp Jubaland.
H.M.S. TERRIBLE
1st class cruiser 14200 tons. Commissioned at Portsmouth 24
March 1898 for the China Station attached to the Cape Station.
Period on station: 14 October 1899-27 March 1900.
1086 QSAs to the ship, 538 no clasp,
273 one clasp, 261 two clasps, 13
three clasps and 1 five clasps.
175444 Sto. E. Morgan, H.M.S. Terrible.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Tugela
Heights, Relief of Ladysmith; China War
Medal clasp Relief of Pekin.
Died of disease of the brain on board H.M.S.
Humber on passage to Hong Kong 4
September 1901.
H.M.S. THETIS

2nd class cruiser 3400 tons. Commissioned at Chatham 15
February 1898 for the Mediterranean Station attached to the
Cape Station. Period on station: 5 November 1899-28 April 1901.
285 QSAs to the ship, 183 no clasp,
101 one clasp and 1 two clasps.
193377 Ord. J. Jurd, H.M.S. Thetis.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp.
H.M.S. THRUSH

1st class gunboat 805 tons. Commissioned at Simonstown 10
January 1900 for the Cape Station. Periods on station: 11
January 1900-4 September 1900, 23 March 1901-1 January
1902 and 1 May 1902-31 May 1902.
80 QSAs to the ship, 65 no clasp and
15 two clasps.
Capt. L.T.L. Jones, H.M.S. Thrush.

Queen’s South Africa no clasp (Lieut. R.N. H.
M.S. Thrush); British War Medal (Capt. R.N.)
H.M.S WIDGEON

1st class gunboat 805 tons. Commissioned at Simonstown 1
October 1899 for the Cape Station. Period on station: 11 October
1899-5 June 1901.
91 QSAs to the ship, 19 no clasp and
72 one clasp.
165790 Lg.Sn. W. Hurd, H.M.S. Widgeon.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Natal;
1914-15 Star (LS RN); BWM (LS RN); Victory
(LS RN).
Medals forming part of David's Collection