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Belgium: Boer War: General Louis Botha / Colenso by G. Devreese

Belgium: Boer War: General Louis Botha / Colenso by G. DevreeseBelgium: Boer War: General Louis Botha / Colenso by G. Devreese
Form: Circular with attached loop through which passes a ring
By: Godefroid Devreese
Date: 1902
Ref:  AM: 94; Hern: 214; Laidlaw: 0931;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
28 mmSilver$300

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Bearded bust of General Botha extending down to the rim with hat and bandoleer, left. To the right across in incused letters: “G (looks like C) DEVREESE / 1902”. Legend on left incused: “L. BOTHA”.

Reverse: Laurel branch. Across: “COLENSO / 15E. DECEMBER / 1899".

Notes: British forces under the command of General Buller attempted to cross the Tugela river at Colenso and advance on the besieged town of Ladysmith. They were defeated by Boer commandos under General Louis Botha on 15th December 1899. Buller's army lost 143 killed, 756 wounded and 220 captured. Among those killed was Lieutenant Freddy Roberts, son of General Lord Roberts. Boer casualties were eight killed and 30 wounded.

General Botha was part of a delegation which visited Europe at the end of the Boer War to seek funding for reconstruction. This medal dates from that time.

In 1910 Louis Botha became the first Prime Minister of the newly formed Union of South Africa.

Godefroid Devreese (1861-1941) was a prolific Belgian medallist.