England: Boer War: Yorkshire Imperial Yeomanry Tribute Medal
|Form:||Circular with claw suspension to a swivel boss for a ring. There is no official ribbon but it often seen with a blue-yellow-blue ribbon (for the Cape of Good Hope GSM) or an orange ribbon ( for the Imperial Yeomanry LSGC medal)|
|By:||Mr. Bradshaw / Spink & Son|
|Date:||1901 or 1902|
AM: 84 & 85; Hern: 814; Hibbard: A-31; Laidlaw: 0632;
Plain. Impressed with the name of the recipient:
Type 1 this medal: "2027 E. WHITMILL"
Type 2 this medal: "32294 SERGT. MAJOR A.J. DEMPSTER" (re-engraved)
Type 3 this medal: "12223 S. HAYWOOD"
Within a laurel wreath tied at the bottom, ducal coronet above rose (the white rose of the House of York). In an arc around and below: “A TRIBUTE FROM YORKSHIRE”.
There are three varieties. All have the Prince of Wales Plumes: three feathers through a coronet dividing the motto: "ICH (left) DIEN (right) on a ribbon. Below that, on a ribbon: "IMPERIAL YORKSHIRE (draped downwards surrounding a number) YEOMANRY".
Type 1: Number: "3". Legend below: "1900 . SOUTH AFRICA . 1901".
Type 2: Number: "3". Legend below: "1901 . SOUTH AFRICA . 1902".
Type 3: Number: "66". Legend below: "1900 . SOUTH AFRICA . 1901".
Issued without a ribbon inside a red fitted case lined with blue velvet with the Spink maker’s mark on the inside of the lid.
Presented to returning servicemen from volunteer Yorkshire Companies.
The type 1 medals were awarded to those who had served in the 3rd Imperial Yeomanry Battalion from 1900:
9th (Yorkshire (Doncaster)) Company, raised 1900; sponsored by Yorkshire Hussars
10th (Sherwood Rangers) Company, raised 1900
11th (Yorkshire) Company, raised 1900; sponsored by Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons
12th (South Nottingham) Company, raised 1900
The type 2 medals were awarded to those who had served in the 3rd Imperial Yeomanry Battalion from 1901:
109th (Yorkshire Hussars) Company, raised 1901
111th (Yorkshire Dragoons) Company, raised 1901
The type 3 medals were awarded to those who had served in the 66th (Yorkshire) Company with the 16th Imperial Yeomanry Battalion. The 66th Company was raised 1900 and co-sponsored by Yorkshire Hussars and Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons. The Company was transferred in 1902 to 3rd Battalion but it appears than none of its members was awarded a type 2 medal.
Hibbard gives estimates reported by Spink of the striking:
Type 1: 470
Type 2: 700
Type 3: 160