Reference: Hibbard A11, from which the following extract has been taken:
'At a council meeting held in the Guild Hall on May 14, 1902 the Corporation of Doncaster bestowed the Honorary Freedom of the Borough (in the form of a Scroll) on some 20 men (including Mr. Sydney James Barton) for service in South Africa. After taking the customary oath the men were each presented with a certificate of admission. At a further meeting held on August 13, three more men received certificates, and on November 19 a further eight certificates were presented. At later dates some 60 more certificates were presented. The Town Clerk of Doncaster has reported that during April 1902, the Mayor, Alderman Wintle, held a dinner for some volunteers and about nine gold Medals were presented for voluntary service in South Africa, 1899-1902. No record was kept of the total number of Medals awarded, but it is interesting to note that the Birmingham assay mark on the Medal presented to Samuel Stace (Reverse 2) is for the year 1904, two years after the award of the first nine Medals. Of the first nine, one was awarded to Mr. S.J. Barton, and another to Mr. Flanagan. The Medal, which has a very handsome appearance, was struck by the Birmingham firm of Vaughton and Son.'