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Medal - Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1902 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 44467

Summary:
Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902 awarded to Serjt: O.W. Birch, service number 1491, Victorian M.R. (Victorian Mounted Rifles) for service in the Boer War.

Other medals awarded to Sergeant O.W. Birch include: Queen's Medal, South Africa. Bars for Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902.

"Towards the end of the nineteenth century elements within the South African colonies had become disgruntled with increasing interference in local affairs by the British, who had established a presence in the region from 1806. In 1899 the Boer farmers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State, descendants of Dutch settlers, declared war on the British by invading the colonies of Natal and Cape Colony. The war continued for three years, but by 1902 the British had defeated Boer resistance. The 1902 Peace of Vereeniging installed a pro-British civil administration."
Description:
A silver medal (36mm diameter) with ribbon and six bars: CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, TRANSVAAL, SOUTH AFRICA 1901 and SOUTH AFRICA 1902. The obverse features a veiled and crowned half-length bust of Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX, the artist's name, G.W. de Saulles, is incuse on the base of the bust. The reverse depicts Britannia advancing facing right towards a column of marching soldiers, her trident, shield and a palm branch are on the ground behind her; in her left arm she holds a flag and with her right arm extends an laurel wreath towards the column, the fleet is at anchor in the background; around above, SOUTH AFRICA. The edge is impressed: 1491 SERJT. O.W. BIRCH VICTORIAN M.R.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs O. Birch, 1971
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 77 mm (Height), 36 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Height to top of bars

More information

Tagged with: boer war 1899-1902
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, George William de Saulles, Sculptor, Designer & Engraver (1862-1903), HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), George William De Saulles, Medallist (1862-1903), Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Military Campaigns
Tertiary Classification: army campaigns
DateEra: 1902 AD
Obverse Description: A veiled and crowned half-length bust of Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX, the artist's G.W. de Saulles is incuse on the base of the bust.
Reverse Description: Britannia advancing facing right towards a column of marching soldiers, her trident, shield and a palm branch are on the ground behind her; in her left arm she holds a flag and with her right arm extends an laurel wreath towards the column, the fleet is at anchor in the background; around above, SOUTH AFRICA.
Edge Description: 1491 SERJT. O.W. BIRCH VICTORIAN M.R.
Inscriptions: VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX
G.W. de Saulles
SOUTH AFRICA
1491 SERJT. O.W. BIRCH VICTORIAN M.R.:
CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, TRANSVAAL, SOUTH AFRICA 1901 and SOUTH AFRICA 1902
Shape: Round with mount, bars and ribbon
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM Queen Victoria, England, Great Britain, 1899
Artist: George de Saulles - Royal Mint, London
Awarded To: Reverend Ormonde Birch, Victoria, Australia, 1899

1491 Sgt O.W. Birch, Victorian M.R.
References: References:
http://www.naa.gov.au/fsheets/FS67.html

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