Frederick Moss Blundell, J.P., was The Times Correspondent in South Africa for ten months before the War. At its outbreak he was part of the Uitlander exodus from the Rand. His first employment by the Intelligence Department was as an Agent at the Cape Colony seaports and on the occupation of Johannesburg he returned to the Rand and became the Private Secretary to the Military Governor.
F.R. Burnham commented in Scouting on Two Continents on the role of the F.I.D. in the Johannesburg area in 1900: 'By this time, there was organised a fairly good system of scouting under the Intelligence Department. Colonel Colin McKenzie, its chief, was made Governor of Johannesburg ... By night and day, natives, friendly Dutch and English colonials, and picked men from various regiments were sent out, until the information received as to the whereabouts of the enemy became far more exact and full than it had been during the early stages of the War.'
16 'Johannesburg' clasps were awarded to Agents or Guides, less those who had served previously in the S.A.M.I.F. Four Medals with this combination of clasps were awarded to the F.I.D.