SOUTH AFRICA 1877-9, CLASP 1879 ‘CORPL J.S.KRIGE. TRANSVAAL RNGRS ‘ WW2 SOUTH AFRICA SERVICE MEDAL ‘135078 J.KRIGE’
Corporal Johannes S Krige is one of the very few men of the Transvaal rangers (just 3) who’s application for the SA 1877-9 medal is listed giving specific details of his service in order to claim the medals. In this column is the following:
‘Against the Zulus in action at Hlobane Kambula & Ulundi with Transvaal Rangers’
The date of issue is 1884 and the Krige and two others must have submitted applications later than others and therefore their claim was separately filed. This is a rare occurrence from any of the units that served with Buller at these battles. Indeed such confirmation is normally only possible if the man was on casualty lists or is mentioned by name in an account of the day – again very few. In over 25 years this is the only one I’ve come across!
Lieutenant Johan Krige, born in 1913, joined the South African Tank Corps in 1940 as an NCO. His service is unclear but he seems to have suffered health problems from 1942 and was discharged in late 1945. Probably grandson of the Transvaal Rangers Krige.
In November/December 1878 Commandant Raaff formed the Transvaal Rangers with a strength of about 150 European and Coloured men - mainly recruited in the Kimberley Diamonds fields the units members were a tough lot being described by one observer as ' a more forbidding lot of mixed Hottentots and scum of the Diamond Fields was never collected together outside a prison wall' This they may have been but they were also to prove to be one of Buller's finest units.
Initially the Transvaal Rangers were attached to Rowlands column but were transferred to Wood's Column after the disaster of Isandhlwana. They served with distinction at the Battles of Hlobane, Khambula, the Skirmish on the White Mfolozi River and the Battle of Ulundi
Condition GVF. Very rare indeed to be able to 100% confirm a member of this unit took part at any of the above battles. With copy roll confirming above