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East and West Africa Medal, with bar for 1892, awarded to Pvt. J. Kelly, 1892

East and West Africa Medal, 1892

Obverse, a bust of Queen Victoria with crown and veil

East and West Africa Medal, 1892

Reverse, a scene of bush fighting around a tree with a fallen African to the fore

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East and West Africa Medal, 1892

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.