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King’s South Africa Medal
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Medal and ribbon
Awarded by United Kingdom
Type Medal
Eligibility troops who served in South Africa on or after 1 January 1902, and completed 18 months service before 1 June 1902
Awarded for service
  • South Africa 1901
  • South Africa 1902
Established 1902

The King's South Africa Medal (KSA) was awarded to all troops who served in the Boer War in South Africa on or after 1 January 1902, and completed 18 months service before 1 June 1902. The medal was not issued alone but always with the Queen's South Africa Medal or QSA; and was never issued without a bar, except to nearly 600 nursing sisters.[1]

The KSA was awarded only to those troops who fought in 1902, and who had served for 18 months. Service did not have to be continuous, but even with continuous service the recipient would have had to serve from December 1900 to have 18 months service before the war ended in May 1902 (and commencing before the death of Queen Victoria on 22 January 1901). Hence the majority of participants qualified for the QSA only.


  • A circular medal, made from silver, 1.52 inches (36 mm) in diameter. The obverse shows King Edward VII, in Field Marshal's uniform, facing left, with the legend EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR.
  • On the reverse Britannia is depicted holding the Union Flag in her left hand and a laurel wreath in her right. The right background shows troops marching to the coast and the left shows two men-of-war. Around the top are the words: SOUTH AFRICA.
  • The ribbon is 1.25 inches (32 mm) wide, and consists of three equal stripes (left to right): light green, white, and orange.


  • SOUTH AFRICA 1901 - Awarded for service during 1901 towards the required service of 18 months.
  • SOUTH AFRICA 1902 - Awarded to those who served during 1902.


  1. Campaign Medals of the British Army 1815-1972 by Robert W. Gould p50 (1972, Arms and Armour Press, London) ISBN 0-85368-515-0

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