The Queen's South Africa Medal ; 1902; 2004_620


The Queen's South Africa Medal

About this object

The Queen's South Africa Medal issued to 4101 Tpr. William Westwood Upton who served with the 7th New Zealand contingent in the second Boer war 1899-1902. This medal was instituted by Queen Victoria to recognise service in the Boer War in South Africa between 1899 and 1902 and were the first to be awarded to New Zealand servicemen for military service outside New Zealand. The obverse has a profile of Queen Victoria with 'VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX'. The reverse has Britannia holding the Flag in her left hand and a laurel wreath in her right hand. In the right background are troops marching to the coast and in the left background are two men-of-war. Around the top are the words SOUTH AFRICA.
The ribbon consists of five stripes: red, dark blue, orange centre, dark blue, and red.
These medals were usually issued with at least one clasp there were 26 available. On W.W. Upton's medal are,
'South Africa 1902', 'South Africa 1901', 'Transvaal' and 'Orange Free State'. 4101 Tpr. William Westwood Upton 7 N Z' and cont. is engraved around the edge.

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Place Made

New Zealand

Medium and Materials



3.9cm diameter, 7cm length x 3.5cm width, ribbon 3.2cm width

Subject and Association Description

The Queen's South Africa Medal

Credit Line

Ariell Upton

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