Canada: Boer War: Lord Strathcona’s Horse / Arms of Provinces

Canada: Boer War: Lord Strathcona’s Horse / Arms of ProvincesCanada: Boer War: Lord Strathcona’s Horse / Arms of Provinces
Form: Circular
By: P.W. Ellis & Co. of Toronto
Date: 1900
Ref:  Hern: 904; Laidlaw: 0771a;
32 mmBronze$300

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Four mounted members of Strathcona’s Horse, advancing in a line front right, each holding a banner standard. Front banner, waving right, reads: “STRATHCONA”. On the left, wreath of palm with maple leaves at the bottom enclosing the text: “FOR / SOUTH / AFRICA / 1900”. Signed: “P.W. ELLIS & CO.” round left rim.

Reverse: Eight coats of arms encircling the text: “CANADA / CONGRATULATES / HER / QUEEN”. The Royal arms at the top. The other arms those of Canadian provinces: British Columbia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island.

Notes: This reverse of this medal was taken from the reverse of the Canadian medal made by P.W. Ellis for Queen Victoria's Diamond jubilee.

There is another medal with the same obverse for Strathcona's Horse (Laidlaw 0177b).

Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, (1820-1914) was a Scottish-born Canadian businessman. In January 1900 Lord Strathcona offered to finance a force of 500 mounted riflemen recruited from the Canadian North-West. On 16th March the regiment embarked with 28 officers, 512 other ranks, horses and equipment. Lord Strathcona’s Horse served as scouts and escorts until 20th January 1901 when the regiment re-embarked for Canada. Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) is a now regular armoured regiment of the Canadian Army.