Edward VII (1901-10); ruler
Saulles, George W. de; artist; British artist and medallist, 1862-1903
Edwardvs VII rex imperator; ruler; with the title of
Lester Watson Collection
Africa General Service Medal; denomination
Colonial Forces; subsubsubseries
Numerous actions in the British-controlled parts of Africa were felt to merit the award of a medal, but not a distinct one for every action. The Africa General Service Medal replaced the East and West Africa Medal which had previously been awarded for service in this theatre. Bars were awarded for a variety of small campaigns, sometimes only one expedition and sometimes rather more complex operations.
This medal was awarded for participation in any of a number of small operations against the African statelets of Nkwamba, Kazembe (now in Zimbabwe) and Kalulu (now in Tanzania).
It was awarded to Private Chamula of the 1st King's African Rifles. Lester Watson purchased it in the auction of the Hamilton Smith Collection, of which it had formed part, in 1927 (Glendining, 20-21 July 1927, lot 955).
London, mint, place
weight, 38.99, g
diameter, 36.2, mm
loan; 2005; Cambridge in America
Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, acquired in Hamilton Smith auction (Glendining, 20-21 July 1927, lot 955)
design; obverse; EDWARDVS REX VII IMPERATOR; Bust of Edward facing left
design; reverse; Britannia with lion gesturing right to sun on horizon
Watson Catalogue; 16
Hayward, John (author, C20th). Birch, Diana. Bishop, Richard. 2006. British Battles and Medals 7th edn.London: Spinkp. 412-414, 414-415
British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals From the Collection of Lester Watson (d. 1959).
Africa Gen. Service (Ed. VII) (B.C.A. 1899-1900): 34, Pvt. Chamula, 1/K A Rifles
Object Number: LW.0016
(Coins and Medals)
(record id: 141227; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2009-03-17)