West African Frontier Force DCM awarded to Machine Gun Carrier Musa Bauchi, 1st Battalion, The Nigeria Regiment, West African Frontier Force, 1915
Circular, silver medal with a portrait of King George V and the inscription, 'Georgivs V Rex Britt Omn Rex et Ind Imp', on the obverse. On the reverse, the inscriptions, 'For Distinguished Conduct in the Field' and 'West African Field Force'. The edge of the medal is inscribed with the name, rank and unit of recipient. The ribbon has a central green stripe, flanked by crimson and dark blue stripes.
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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