Africa General Service Medal, with bar for N. Nigeria 1902, awarded to Gunner Awudu Tibati, by 1905
Obverse, a bust of King Edward VII
Reverse, Britannia with lion gesturing right to sun on horizon
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 for participation in a variety of small operations in the North of Nigeria, some of which were only made eligible for the medal and its bar in 1905.
It was awarded to Gunner Awudu Tibati of the 2nd Northern Nigerian Regiment. Lester Watson purchased it at some point before 1928.