China War Medal (1900)
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|China War Medal 1900|
Obverse (top left) and reverse (top right) of the medal.
|Awarded by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|
|Eligibility||British and Imperial forces.|
|Awarded for||Campaign service.|
|Campaign||Boxer Rebellion 1900.|
|Description||Silver disk, 36mm diameter.|
Colour version of medal and ribbon.
The China War Medal 1900 was a British campaign medal approved in 1901 for issue to British and Imperial land and sea troops who fought during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. Issued in silver to combatants and in bronze to native, namely Indian, bearers drivers and servants, it could be issued without a clasp or with one or more of the following;
- Taku Forts
- Defence of Legations
- Relief of Peking
Awarded to British and Indian army personnel and to men of the Royal Navy involved in the relief of the Legations in Peking as part of the international relief force commanded by Count Alfred von Waldersee or as part of Vice-Admiral Edward Seymour's Naval Brigade (see Seymour Expedition).
The medal used the same reverse as the two previous China War medals, a trophy-of-arms, with the obverse consisting of the bust of Queen Victoria.
The medal was awarded to 555 naval personnel of the Colonial navies of Australia without a clasp: 256 men with the New South Wales Contingent, 197 with the Victorian, and 102 on the South Australian gunboat Protector.