South Africa Medal (1854)
|South Africa Medal (1854)|
Obverse (top left) and reverse (top right) of the medal. Ribbon: 32mm, gold with broad and narrow deep blue stripes towards each end.
|Awarded by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|
|Awarded for||Campaign service.|
|Campaign||Southern Africa 1834-53.|
|Description||Silver disk, 36mm diameter.|
The 1854 SAM was awarded to participants in three campaigns in Southern Africa: the "Kaffir" or "Frontier" Wars of 1834–5 (First Kaffir War, also known as the Sixth Frontier War), 1846–7 (Second Kaffir, Seventh Frontier), and 1850–3 (Third Kaffir, Eighth Frontier).
No clasps were issued, therefore it is not immediately possible to determine which war(s) any particular medal was awarded for (reference must be made to the appropriate medal rolls).
A list of recipients, their campaigns, and regimental profiles are given by Everson (1978).
The die for the medal was engraved by Leonard Charles Wyon.
Ribbon. The current ribbon shown on the right is the wrong one. For the correct ribbon see South Africa Medal 1877-79. The one pictured here is for the Queen's South Africa Medal of 1899. I have no idea how to change it.
- Everson, G.R., The South Africa 1853 Medal, (1978), Samson Books, London. ISBN 978-0-906304-02-0.
- Mackay, J and Mussel, J (eds) - Medals Yearbook - 2006, (2005), Token Publishing.
- Joslin, Litherland, and Simpkin (eds), British Battles and Medals, (1988), Spink