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Africa General Service Medal, with bar for N. Nigeria 1903, awarded to Carrier Zakari Kano, 1903

Africa General Service Medal, 1903

Obverse, a bust of King Edward VII

Africa General Service Medal, 1903

Reverse, Britannia with lion gesturing right to sun on horizon

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Africa General Service Medal, 1902-1910

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 to British troops who participated in either of two expeditions into northern Nigeria, in the areas of Kano, Sokoto and Birni. It was awarded to Carrier Zakari Kano of the 2nd Northern Nigeria Regiment. Lester Watson purchased it at some point before 1928.