West African Frontier Force DCM awarded to Machine Gun Carrier Musa Bauchi, 1st Battalion, The Nigeria Regiment, West African Frontier Force, 1915.
The West African Frontier Force First was formed in 1900 to administer the colonial forces in British West Africa. It was composed of African troops and consisted of the Queen's Own Nigeria Regiment; the Gold Coast Regiment; the Royal Sierra Leone Regiment; and the Gambia Regiment. It was renamed the Royal West African Frontier Force in 1928. The West African Frontier Force Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) was awarded by the Secretary of State for the Colonies to African non-commissioned officers and men of the above regiments and the Somaliland Camel Corps and Nyasaland Regiment for bravery. The DCM was regarded as second only to the Victoria Cross in prestige.
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