East and West Africa Medal 1887-1900, with clasp, '1896-98', awarded to Private A Dillon, 2nd Battalion, West India Regiment
Circular, silver medal with, on the obverse, a portrait of Queen Victoria, with the inscription, 'Victoria Regina'. On the reverse, designed by Sir Edward Poynter, British infantry fighting African warriors in a forest. The medal is suspended from a yellow ribbon with black edges and two narrow, vertical green stripes, with silver clasp '1896-98'. The ribbon is of the type issued with the later Africa General Service Medal; the East and West Africa Medal's two narrower vertical stripes being black rather than green.
This medal was awarded for general service in a number of small campaigns and expeditions in East and West Africa. Dillon's unit served in Nigeria and Sierra Leone during 1897-1898. The clasp '1896-98' was awarded to service personnel involved in punitive expeditions in the Northern Territories of Gold Coast, 27 November 1896 to 27 June 1898.
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