HC Deb 16 March 1903 vol 119 cc842-3
Sir GILBERT PARKER (Gravesend)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War will he state why troops were required to be in South Africa between the 1st of January and the 1st of June, 1902, in order to secure the King's medal; and why these troops received both the King's and the Queen's medal, while others of equal, or greater, service in South Africa received only the Queen's medal.


In reply to a Question put by my honourable friend on this subject on 5th March, I gave him a clear explanation of the grant of the King's medal, to which I fear I can add nothing.†

†See (4) Debates, cxviii., 1550.


When will these medals be distributed?


I am pressing the matter forward as rapidly as I can, but having regard to the enormous number of medals that had to be made, there has necessarily been delay.