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Medal - Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840, Great Britain, 1848 Reg. No: NU 37256
- Great Britain
Naval General Service Medal 1793 - 1840 with bar Boat Service 14 Dec 1814
Awarded to: G.W. COLE, MASTER'S MATE
The Naval General Service medal was introduced in 1848 with the intention that surviving naval personell from battles which occurred between 1793 and 1815 would be elegable. The dates were later extended to actions up until 1840 and it was decided that, if an applicant died between the date of application for the medal and its issue, their medal would be awarded to their next-of-kin. The closing date for application was 1 May 1851. 231 bars were sanctioned for this medal (although there were no applicants for ten of these).
This bar was awarded for the action off New Orleans. In order that the town might be captured by the British its guard-ships had to be disabled. The British force captured one of these and then turned it against the others destroying them all.
George Ward Cole, after he left the navy eventually settled in Melbourne where he built the important Cole's Wharf.
- A round silver medal issued ribbon and one bar - Boat Service 14 Dec 1814. The obverse features a diademed head of Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA REGINA; below, 1848. The artists name, W. WYON R.A. is in small letters on the neck truncation. The reverse depicts Britannia holding a trident and olive branch seated sideways on a hippocamp - a mythological animal, half horse and half fish.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||50 mm (Height), 36 mm (Diameter)|
|Dimension Comment:||Height to top of bars|
|Themes this item is part of:||Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, William Wyon, Medallist & Engraver (1795-1851), William Wyon, Medallist (1795-1851)|
|Secondary Classification:||Military Campaigns|
|Tertiary Classification:||naval campaigns|
|Obverse Description:||A round silver medal issued as a specimen without the mount for a ribbon. The obverse features a diasdemed head of Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA REGINA; below, 1848. The artists name, W. WYON R.A. is in small letters on the neck truncation.|
|Reverse Description:||Britannia holding a trident and olive branch seated sideways on a hippocamp - a mythological animal, half horse and half fish.|
|Edge Description:||G.W. COLE, MASTER'S MATE indented in Roman capitals|
|Inscriptions:||VICTORIA REGINA 1848
W. WYON R.A.
Boat Service 14 Dec 1814
|Shape:||Round with loop, bar and ribbon|
|Issued By:||England, Great Britain|
|Artist:||William Wyon - Royal Mint, London, England, Great Britain|
|Awarded To:||George Cole, Australia|