Another winning reply from Brett! Thanks.
I'm winding down this enquiry a bit, while I await the arrival of 'Colonials in South Africa, 1899-1902', by John Stirling, and 'The White Whirlwind',
by T.V. Bulpin, both of which I have ordered from The British Library.
However, John Stuart's arrival in South Africa after March 1900 and then return home to be there on the 1901 dates I mentioned is improbable on two counts.
1. In my original posting I quoted: "It was not long before the wanderlust seized Mr. Stuart again and as South Africa was at that time in the throes of a gold rush he decided to try his luck and set forth for the nugget crazy Rand as a prospector. He never “struck It rich“, indeed there were times when he barely managed to exist, but with the start of the Boer War Mr. Stuart donned uniform once more and joined Colonel Brandon." Unless he was lying, which is possible but uncharacteristic, John Stuart was already in the Rand prospecting for gold before the Boer War broke out.
2. And then I have to ask; how did he get permission to leave the battlefield, in January 1900, after only 3 months of fighting? If wounded, did he then return? If so it cannot have been much before June 1900, and 7 months later he was on his way back to England again! Wounded again? If not, how did he get permission to leave the Fighting Scouts for a second time in less than a year? If he did NOT return, could he have been entitled to all three clasps (CC, OFS and TVL), in the three months he was there?
Is there anywhere that I can obtain his Army Record in South Africa? He was, after all, fighting in a South African led unit raised in South Africa. Where can I get information about soldiers who were wounded so badly that they had to be transported back to England, rather than be treated in South Africa?
You mention a 1901 clasp. Was there a clasp for each year? You also state that, "His clasp entitlement is easily verified." How?!
More questions, and I have to admit that you have been more than helpful already! If this thread is dragging on too long, I shall understand.