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Medal - Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1899 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 38196

Summary:
Great Britain Boer War
Queen's South Africa Medal 1899 - 1902
Other Details: Awarded to J.H. Close, S.S. Major, Kitchener's F.S. for service in Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape Colony. Close was born in Sydney and served in Rhodesia during the South African War. He subsequently became a teacher of physical culture at Sydney. He took part in Mawson's expedition on the 'Aurora', was a member of the Main Base Party (Adelie Land) and several sledging parties, and spent two summers and one winter in the Antarctic.

"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. " http://www.naa.gov.au/fsheets/FS67.html
Description:
A silver medal (36mm diameter) with ribbon and three bars: CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE and CAPE COLONY. 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: 120 S.S. MAJOR J.M. CLOSE KITCHENER'S F.S.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 67 mm (Height), 36 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Height to top of bars

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Tagged with: boer war 1899-1902
Themes this item is part of: John Henry Collison Close, Antarctic Expeditioner (1871-1949), 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: 1899 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: 120 S.S. MAJOR J.M. CLOSE KITCHENER'S F.S.
Inscriptions: VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX
G.W. de Saulles
SOUTH AFRICA
120 S.S. MAJOR J.M. CLOSE KITCHENER'S F.S.
CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE CAPE COLONY
Shape: Round with mount, bars and ribbon
Material: Silver
Place & Date Depicted: South Africa, 1899
Issued By: HM Queen Victoria, England, Great Britain, 1899
Artist: George de Saulles - Royal Mint, London
Awarded To: John Close, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1899

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David Deasey Posted on 11 May 2014 7:01 PM
The correct date for John Henry Collison Close's birth should be 1871

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