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VERY SCARCE 1877 CLASP SOUTH AFRICA 1877-9 TO NCO BOWKERS ROVERS

SOUTH AFRICA 1877-9, CLASP 1877 ‘CORPL J.HARTY BOWKERS ROVERS’

Corporal Joshua Harty was a member of Bowker’s Rovers and served with this unit during the Gaikas and Galekas campaign 1877-8. The unit were issued with 186 medals of which 101 were returned to mint. Harty being one of 70 men to only qualify for the 1877 clasp (36 of these returned).

According to the medal roll, Joshua Harty was actually a Private in the Kaffrarian Volunteers and was attached to Bowker’s Rovers as a Corporal during 1877 campaign. Interestingly a John Harty was also attached to Bowker’s Rovers as a Sergeant Major and was almost certainly related. Both are on the Kaffrarian Volunteers medal roll, however both medals unissued, with only Joshua’s Bowker’s Rovers medal being issued.

Bowker 's Rovers were members of a volunteer corps from the King William's Town district led by Captain (later Commandant) Bertram Egerton Bowker. They seemed to have seen a fair amount of service during the 1877-8 campaigns. The unit seems to have been originally around 80 strong and presumably all the 1877 clasps went to original members of the unit who did not sign on for a second six months of service.

Condition, VF as medal reconstituted from original parts- ex swing brooch mounted. However obverse/reverse superb EF, very and little wear to naming, just around ‘BOW’ from and small hole around edge of ‘B’

Only 167 of 1877 clasps being issued from around 15,000 medals!

Code J1769         Price £2685