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Rhodesia Medal EIIR Full Size

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Rhodesia Medal EIIR Full Size

Date: 1980.

Campaign: Rhodesia 1979–80.

Branch of Service: British and Rhodesian forces.

Ribbon: Sky blue, with a narrow stripe of red, white and dark blue in the centre.

Original Metal: Rhodium-plated cupro-nickel.

Size: 36mm.

Description: (Obverse) the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II; (reverse) a sable antelope with the name of the medal and the year of issue.

Mention in Despatches (MiD) single bronze oak leaf (pre 1994)

Can be engraved with recipient details.

Additional information


This medal replaced the East and West Africa Medal 1887–1900, to which 21 clasps had already been issued. In turn, it remained in use for 54 years, the longest-running British service medal. Medals to combatants were in silver, but a few bronze medals were issued during the 1903–04 operations in Northern Nigeria and the Somaliland campaigns of 1902 and 1908 to transport personnel and these are now much sought after, as are any medals with the effigy of George V on the obverse. With the exception of the 1902–04 Somali campaign and the campaign against the Mau Mau of Kenya (1952–56) European troops were not involved in any numbers, such personnel consisting mostly of detached officers and specialists.


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