East and West Africa Medal

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East and West Africa Medal
Ashantee Medal obv and rev.png
Obverse and reverse of the medal
Awarded by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility British forces.
Awarded for Campaign service.
Campaign East and West Africa 1887-1900
Clasps
  • 1887-8
  • Witu 1890
  • 1891-2
  • 1892
  • Witu August 1893
  • Liwondi 1893
  • Juba River 1893
  • Lake Nyassa 1893
  • 1893-94
  • Gambia 1894
  • Benin River 1894
  • Brass River 1895
  • 1896-98
  • Niger 1897
  • Benin 1897
  • Dawita 1897
  • 1897-98
  • 1898
  • Sierra Leone 1898-99
  • 1899
  • 1900
Ashantee War Medal BAR.svg
Ribbon: Yellow with black edges and 2 dark green stripes

The East and West Africa Medal was a campaign medal approved for issue to officers and men of the British armed forces in East and West Africa.[1] The obverse held a left-facing portrait of Queen Victoria with the inscription "VICTORIA REGINA".[1] The reverse held and image of British soldiers fighting Africans, an image also used on the reverses of the Ashantee Medal and the Central Africa Medal.[2] The medal was issued in silver to officers and men of the British forces and in bronze to native porters.[3] There are 21 clasps for this medal and an alternative design for those who served on the Mwele campaign.[4] This alternative design was simply the additional imprinting of "MWELE" next to the claw of the medal.[4]

Clasps[1][edit]

  • 1887–88
13 November 1887 – 2 January 1888
  • Witu 1890
17–27 October 1890
  • 1891–92
29 December 1891 – 2 February 1892
  • 1892
8 March – 25 May 1892
  • Witu August 1893
7–13 August 1893
  • Liwondi 1893
February–March 1893
  • Juba River 1893
23–25 August 1893
  • Lake Nyassa 1893
November 1893
  • 1893–94
16 November 1893 – 11 March 1894
  • Gambia 1894
23 February – 13 March 1894
  • Benin River 1894
August–September 1894
17–26 February 1895
  • 1896–98
27 November 1896 – 27 June 1898
  • Niger 1897
6 January – 26 February 1897
  • Benin 1897
6 February – 7 August
  • Dawkita 1897
28 March 1897
  • 1897–98
September 1897 – August 1898
  • 1898
1898
18 February 1898 – 9 March 1899
  • 1899
February–May 1899
  • 1900
4 January – 8 May 1900

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