Wyon, Allan; die-engraver
Boucher, Frank; artist
Lester Watson Collection
Hong Kong Plague Medal; denomination
British Army; subsubsubseries
The island of Hong Kong, a British possession since the end of the First Anglo-Chinese War, fell victim in 1894 to a wave of bubonic plague which was sweeping China. The crowded settlement was a closed zone for five months.
During this time three hundred men of the Shropshire Light Infantry and various other military and naval personnel were also caught on the island. The work they did in maintaining order and assisting the medical effort was acknowledged by the Governor of the colony with this medal. As it is not a Service medal, it could not be worn in uniform.
This piece went to Private G. Taplin of the Shropshires; he had to have the engraving of his name corrected. Lester Watson purchased the medal at some point before 1928.
London, mint, place
name corrected (engraved)
weight, 28.49, g
diameter, 36.0, mm
loan; 2005; Cambridge in America
Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt before 1928
design; obverse; PRESENTED · BY · THE · HONG · KONG · COMMUNITY; Doctor warding off flying figure of Death from Chinese patient on table, attended by nurse; `1894' on scroll in exergue
design; reverse; Inscriptions with border between
Watson Catalogue; 135
previous object number; LW.0120
Images of Empire: The British Empire on 19th century medals. 2013-04-23 - 2013-09-29
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Hayward, John (author, C20th). Birch, Diana. Bishop, Richard. 2006. British Battles and Medals 7th edn.London: Spinkp. 387
British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals From the Collection of Lester Watson (d. 1959).
Hong-Kong Plague Medal 1894: Pvt. G. Taplin, Shropshire Lt. Inf. Name corrected (engraved); rank and unit in correct style.
Object Number: CM.1237-2009
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(record id: 141331; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2016-06-30)