Egypt Medal

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Egypt Medal
Egypt Medal.jpg
Egypt Medal BAR.svg
Medal and Ribbon
Awarded by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility British and Indian forces.
Awarded for Campaign service
Campaign Egypt
Description Silver, 36mm in diameter
Clasps
  • Alexandria 11 July
  • Tel-El-Kebir
  • Suakin 1884
  • El-Teb
  • Tamaai
  • El-Teb-Tamaai
  • The Nile 1884-85
  • Abu Klea
  • Kirbekan
  • Suakin 1885
  • Tofrek
  • Gemaizah 1888
  • Toski 1889
Statistics
Established 5 November 1884

The Egypt Medal (1882-1889), also called the Egyptian Medal, was awarded for the military actions involving the British Army during the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War. The war, due to the British involvement in Egypt, deepened after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. Foreign armies mutinied and triggered an anti-European uprising in 1882. There were two versions of the medal, the first were the ones issued during 1882 which had "1882" engraved below the sphinx. The second version was the same but without the "1882" engravement. All recipients of the Egypt Medal were also eligible for one of the four Khedive's star. On the front of the medal, the recipient's number, rank, name and regiment are engraved on the edge. On the reverse side, the Sphinx on a pedestal with the word 'EGYPT' above.[1]

Description[edit]

  • Its a circular, silver made medal, 36mm diameter.
  • The obverse has the Latin legend "VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX." ('Victoria, Queen and Empress') and the veiled head of Queen Victoria.
  • The recipient's number, rank, name and regiment are engraved on the edge.[2]
  • On the reverse side, the Sphinx on a pedestal with the word 'EGYPT' above.[3]

Clasps[edit]

  • Alexandria 11 July
  • Tel-El-Kebir (11 September 1882)
  • Suakin 1884 (19 February – 26 March 1884)
  • El-Teb (29 February 1884)
  • Tamaai (13 March 1884)
  • El-Teb-Tamaai (29 February & 13 March 1884)
  • The Nile 1884-85: Was awarded to the men who served south of Assouan on or before 7 March 1885 as part of the expedition to relieve General Gordon, then under siege at Khartoum.
  • Abu Klea (17 January 1885)
  • Kirbekan (10 February 1885): Was awarded to the men of the expedition to relieve Gordon who actually reached Khartoum, and was only awarded together with THE NILE (1884–85) bar
  • Suakin 1885 (1 March – 14 May 1885)
  • Tofrek (22 March 1885)
  • Gemaizah 1888
  • Toski 1889

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Egypt Medal 1882-1889 : Private W Divall, New South Wales Contingent to the Sudan." Exhibition at the Australian War Memorial, http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/RELAWM16021.001, (Accessed 7 July 2011)
  2. ^ "Egypt Medal 1882-1889 : Private W Divall, New South Wales Contingent to the Sudan." Exhibition at the Australian War Memorial, http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/RELAWM16021.001, (Accessed 7 July 2011)
  3. ^ "Egypt Medal 1882-1889 : Private W Divall, New South Wales Contingent to the Sudan." Exhibition at the Australian War Memorial, http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/RELAWM16021.001, (Accessed 7 July 2011)

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