Wyon, Leonard Charles; artist; British medalist, 1826-1891
Poynter, Edward John; artist; British artist, 1836-1919
Victoria (1837-1901); ruler; Queen of Great Britain 1837-1901
Victoria regina; ruler; with the title of
Lester Watson Collection
East and West Africa Medal (1887-1900); denomination
British Army; subsubsubseries
Peace-keeping operations in the British possessions in Africa, as anywhere else, required a large number of small campaigns, several of which, from 1892 until 1900, were considered to merit this medal, which in terms of design is a continuation of the Ashantee War Medal. Recipients who held that medal already were therefore awarded only extra clasps.
The bar on this medal was awarded for participation in operations against the Jebus tribe and the regions of Tambi and Toniataba in what is now Sierra Leone in 1892.
This medal was awarded to Private J. Kelly of the 1st Battalion, 1st West India Regiment. Lester Watson purchased the medal at some point before 1928.
London, mint, place
weight, 38.87, g
diameter, 36.5, mm
loan; 2005; Cambridge in America
Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt before 1928
design; obverse; VICTORIA REGINA; Bust of Victoria facing left with veil
design; reverse; Scene of bush fighting around tree with fallen African to fore
Watson Catalogue; 109
Hayward, John (author, C20th). Birch, Diana. Bishop, Richard. 2006. British Battles and Medals 7th edn.London: Spinkp. 365-366, 368
British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals From the Collection of Lester Watson (d. 1959).
East & West Africa (1897-1900), 1892: 2740, Pvt. J. Kelly, 1st Btn. W. India Regt.
Object Number: LW.0098
(Coins and Medals)
(record id: 141309; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2009-11-23)