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Africa General Service Medal (1901-1910)
Africa General Service Medal (1901-1910)
The Africa General Service Medal, established in 1902, was a campaign medal of the United Kingdom. It was awarded for minor campaigns that took place in tropical Africa between 1900 and 1956, with a total of forty five clasps issued. The medal is never seen without a clasp and some are very rare. Most medals were granted to British led local forces, including the King's African Rifles and the West African Frontier Force. The only campaigns where European troops were present in any numbers were the various Somaliland campaigns, (including to the Royal Navy), and in Kenya

Clasps on King George Medal include:
N. Nigeria (July 1900 - Sept 1901), N. Nigeria 1902, N. Nigeria 1903, N Nigeria 1903-04, N Nigeria 1904, N Nigeria 1906
S. Nigeria (March - May 1901), S. Nigeria 1902, S. Nigeria 1902-03, S. Nigeria 1903, S. Nigeria 1903-04, S. Nigeria 1904, S. Nigeria 1904-05, S. Nigeria 1905, S. Nigeria 1905-06
East Africa 1902, East Africa 1904, East Africa 1905, East Africa 1906
West Africa 1906, West Africa 1908, West Africa 1909-10
Uganda 1900
Somaliland 1901, Somaliland 1902-04
Jidballi (10 January 1904)
Somaliland 1908-10 
  9 Nov 2017
WW1 British War Medal, 1914-18
WW1 British War Medal, 1914-18
Established on 26th July 1919.

Also known as 'Squeak'.
The silver or bronze medal was awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920.
Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front of the medal depicts the head of George V.
The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim. 
  9 Nov 2017
WW1 Allied Victory Medal
WW1 Allied Victory Medal
Also known as 'Wilfred'
It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon.
The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory.
Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of 'Pip' also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'.
The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim. 
  9 Nov 2017
WW1 1914-15 Star
WW1 1914-15 Star
Established in December 1918.

Also known as 'Pip'.
This bronze medal was authorized in 1918. It is very similar to the 1914 Star but it was issued to a much wider range of recipients. Broadly speaking it was awarded to all who served in any theatre of war against Germany between 5th August 1914 and 31st December 1915, except those eligible for the 1914 Star. Similarly, those who received the Africa General Service Medal or the Sudan 1910 Medal were not eligible for the award.
Like the 1914 Star, the 1914-15 Star was not awarded alone. The recipient had to have received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. The reverse is plain with the recipient's service number, rank, name and unit impressed on it.
An estimated 2.4 million of these medals were issued. 
  9 Nov 2017
Naval General Service Medal (1847)
Naval General Service Medal (1847)
The Naval General Service Medal (NGSM) was a campaign medal approved in 1847, for issue to officers and men of the Royal Navy. (A handful of awards were made to officers and men of the British Army, present on board HM's ships at qualifying actions.) William Wyon was the designer. Admiral Thomas Bladen Capel was one of the members of the board that authorized the medal.
The NGSM was retrospectively awarded for various naval actions during the period 1793–1840, a period including the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, and the Anglo-American War of 1812. Each battle or action covered by the medal was represented by a clasp on the ribbon. The medal was never issued without a clasp, 231 of which were sanctioned. The clasps covered a variety of actions, from boat service to ship to ship skirmishes all the way to major fleet actions such as the Battle of Trafalgar.
Sir John Hindmarsh and Admiral of the Fleet Sir James Alexander Gordon were awarded medals with seven clasps, the most awarded to any individual. Four men qualified for six clasps, and fourteen men qualified for five clasps.
A point to note is that the medal was only awarded to surviving claimants; one had both to have survived until 1847 and then to actively apply for it. A combination of factors, from general illiteracy to limited publicity for the new medal meant that very many did not. There are substantially fewer medals issued when compared with the number of men who served during this period; frequently the number of claimants for individual clasps was reckoned in single figures—for ten clasps, there were no claimants. The Admiralty awarded 20,933 medals in total—most with a single clasp.
The final date for submitting claims was 1 May 1851. The medal was awarded only to surviving claimants; next of kin could not apply for a medal on behalf of a deceased relative. However, the medal was awarded to next of kin of those claimants who had died between the date of their application and the date of presentation.
This medal and its army counterpart, the Military General Service Medal, were amongst the first real British campaign medals, the first to be issued to all ranks for serving in combat actions. 
  9 Nov 2017
Ashanti Medal
Ashanti Medal
The Ashanti Medal (1901) was the first campaign medal authorized by Edward VII. This medal was created for those troops that were engaged in the Third Ashanti Expedition, also known as the War of the Golden Stool. This expedition lasted from March – September 1900, with the final outcome that the Ashanti maintained its de facto independence. Ashanti was annexed into the British Empire, but they ruled themselves with little reference to the colonial power. 
  9 Nov 2017
UK Silver War Badge
UK Silver War Badge
The Silver War Badge was issued in the United Kingdom and the British Empire to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness from military service in World War I. The badge, sometimes known as the "Discharge Badge", the "Wound Badge" or "Services Rendered Badge", was first issued in September 1916, along with an official certificate of entitlement.
The large sterling silver lapel badge was intended to be worn on civilian clothes. The decoration was introduced as an award of "King's silver" for having received wounds or injury during loyal war service to the Crown's authority. A secondary causation for its introduction was that a practice had developed in the early years of the war in the United Kingdom where some women took it upon themselves to confront and publicly embarrass men of fighting age they saw in public places who were not in military uniform, by ostentatiously presenting them with white feathers, as a suggestion of cowardice. As the war had developed substantial numbers of servicemen who had been discharged from His Majesty's Forces with wounds that rendered them unfit for war service, but which were not obvious from their outward appearance, found themselves being harassed in such a manner and the badge, to be worn on the right breast while in civilian dress, was a means of discouraging such incidents being directed at ex-forces' personnel. It was forbidden to wear the badge on a military uniform.
The badge bears the royal cipher of "GRI" (for Georgius Rex Imperator; George, King and Emperor) and around the rim "For King and Empire - Services Rendered".
Each badge was uniquely numbered on the reverse. The War Office maintained a register recording which serviceman each one had been issued to in United Kingdom, and the governments of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Rhodesia maintained their own registers of issue (which were copied to the War Office in London to provide it with an Imperial master-record). Silver War Badges issued by the Empire's dominion nations had their identification numbers on the reverse prefixed with the first letter of the issuing nation: Australia with the letter 'A', Canada 'C', etc. In the United Kingdom the War Office made it known that it would not replace Silver War Badges if they were lost, however if one was handed into a police station then it would be returned to the War Office, which would seek to return it using its records to its recipient.
A similar award called the King's Badge was issued in World War II. Although each was issued with a certificate, unlike its World War I counterpart it was not individually numbered. 
  9 Nov 2017
Second China War Medal
Second China War Medal
The Second China War Medal was issued by the British Government in 1861 to members of the British and Indian armies and Royal Navy who took part in the Second Opium War of 1857 to 1860 against China.
The medal was designed by William Wyon.
The medal's obverse shows the diademed head of Queen Victoria with the legend ‘VICTORIA REGINA’. The reverse has the same shield bearing the Royal Arms, with a palm tree and trophy of arms behind, as found on the First China War Medal with the inscription ‘ARMIS EXPOSCERE PACIM’ above and the word ‘CHINA’ in the exergue below. The suspender is the same as that used on the Indian Mutiny Medal.
The medal was issued with the following clasps:
China 1842 (awarded to those who had already received the medal for the First China War)
Fatshan 1857
Canton 1857
Taku Forts 1858
Taku Forts 1860
Pekin 1860
The medal could also be awarded without a clasp.
The 32 mm ribbon is crimson with yellow edges (originally five equal stripes of green, white, red, yellow and blue, edged with red). The medals are named in indented Roman capitals for the Army, while members of the Royal Marines and Royal Navy were usually issued with unnamed medals 
  9 Nov 2017
China War Medal 1900
China War Medal 1900
The China War Medal 1900 was a British campaign medal approved in 1901 for issue to British and Indian land and sea troops who served during the Boxer Rebellion, between 11 June and 3 December 1900.

The medal was issued in silver to combatants and in bronze to native, namely Indian, bearers drivers and servants.
The obverse shows a crowned and veiled effigy of Queen Victoria, facing left, with the legend "VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX" around the upper perimeter.
The reverse shows the same shield bearing the Royal Arms, with a palm tree and trophy of arms behind and the inscription ‘ARMIS EXPOSCERE PACIM’ above, as found on the First and Second China War Medals. ‘CHINA 1900’ appears in the exergue below.
The 1.25 inches (32 mm) ribbon is crimson with wide yellow edges.

Clasps.
It could be issued without a clasp, or with one or more of the following clasps:
Taku Forts
Awarded to Royal Naval personnel of the British contingent of the international fleet involved in the attack of the Taku Forts along the Peiho River on 17 June 1900.

Defence of Legations
Awarded to 80 Royal Marines, the British Legation Guard drawn from several regiments and to civilian volunteers, who aided the defence of the Legation Quarter in Peking for 55 days between 20 June and 14 August 1900.

Relief of Pekin
Awarded to British and Indian army personnel and to men of the Royal Navy involved in the relief of the Legations in Peking between 10 June and 14 August 1900, as part of the international relief force or as part of Vice-Admiral Edward Seymour's Naval Brigade.
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 
  31 Oct 2017

Individuals

 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born/Christened   Location   Last Modified 
I4070 
AUTY, Simeon 
b. 28 Oct 1905  Hartshead, Yorkshire, England  9 Nov 2017
I10313 
HIRST, Jane 
b. Abt 1908   9 Nov 2017
I9990 
OTTY, Edward John 
b. 7 Oct 1874  Wootton, Norfolk, England  2 Nov 2017
I7490 
OTTEY, Samuel Thomas 
b. Abt Sep 1893  Ibstock, Leicestershire, England  2 Nov 2017
I7459 
MERRIKIN, Sarah Ann 
b. Abt 1850  North Wootton, Norfolk, England  2 Nov 2017
I9992 
OTTY, Frances Mary 
b. Abt Mar 1881  Weybourne, Norfolk, England  2 Nov 2017
I9991 
OTTY, Ada Elizabeth 
b. 10 Oct 1876  Weybourne, Norfolk, England  2 Nov 2017
I8073 
AUTEY, Matless Gledhill 
b. 22 Apr 1834  Walworth, Surrey, England  30 Oct 2017
I63 
AUTY, Edmund 
b. 18 Oct 1877  Batley Carr, Yorkshire, England  30 Oct 2017
I2011 
AUTY, Edmund 
b. 22 Apr 1848  Elton, Bury, Lancashire, England  30 Oct 2017
I2015 
AUTY, Richard Howarth 
b. 9 Mar 1858  Bury, Lancashire, England  30 Oct 2017
I2014 
AUTY, John Thomas 
b. 23 Mar 1855  Bury, Lancashire, England  30 Oct 2017
I2013 
AUTY, Alice 
b. 6 Jan 1853  Bury, Lancashire, England  30 Oct 2017
I2898 
AUTY, Gertrude 
b. 1 Jul 1880  Bury, Lancashire, England  30 Oct 2017
I2901 
AUTY, Edith Critchley 
b. 10 Aug 1890  Bury, Lancashire, England  30 Oct 2017
I2009 
AUTY, Benjamin 
b. Abt 1820  Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England  30 Oct 2017
I3206 
AUTY, Edmund Whitehead 
b. 16 Dec 1892  Bury, Lancashire, England  30 Oct 2017
I9836 
Sarah 
b. Abt 1826  Leominster, Herefordshire, England  29 Oct 2017
I9835 
COOK, Edwin 
b. Abt 1829   29 Oct 2017
I9840 
COOK, Sarah 
b. Abt 1862  Worcester, Worcestershire, England  29 Oct 2017
I9842 
COOK, Walter E 
b. Abt 1865  Worcester, Worcestershire, England  29 Oct 2017
I9834 
OTTEY, Albert Edward 
b. Abt Mar 1871  Worcester, Worcestershire, England  29 Oct 2017
I9833 
OTTEY, Alexander Edwin 
b. Abt Sep 1868  Worcester, Worcestershire, England  29 Oct 2017
I9831 
OTTEY, Henry Charles Warren 
b. Abt Mar 1866  Worcester, Worcestershire, England  29 Oct 2017
I2482 
AUTY, Benjamin 
b. Abt Sep 1863  Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England  27 Oct 2017

Families
  
 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Mother's Name   Married   Last Modified 
 F4321 
 I4070  AUTY, Simeon  I10313  HIRST, Jane  31 Aug 1929  9 Nov 2017
 F3588 
 I7114  OTTY, James  I7459  MERRIKIN, Sarah Ann  Abt Nov 1873  2 Nov 2017