Wales: Boer War: Carnarvon Tribute Medal

Wales: Boer War: Carnarvon Tribute MedalWales: Boer War: Carnarvon Tribute Medal
Form: Circular with attached loop
By: William J Holmes, Hockley Hill, Birmingham
Date: 1901
Ref:  Laidlaw: 0726;
33.4 mm9ct Gold12.7 gm$2,800

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: The coat of arms of the town of Carnarvon: shield having the arms of King Edward II as the Prince of Wales with eagle crest and flanked by floral branches. Legend on a raised band around: “S’COMUNITATIS VILLE D’RARNARVAN”.

Reverse: Engraved across: “PRESENTED (ornamented in an arc) / BY THE / BURGESSES OF CARNARVON (ornamental line below) / TO / PTE. JOHN WILLIAMS / 3rd Vol. Batt. Royal Welsh Fusiliers / On His Return from / Active Service / In SOUTH AFRICA / MAY. 1901 (in an arc, ornamental line below)”. Stamped: “W.J.H” and “9CT” at the foot.

Notes: The obverse legend correctly should read “D’KARNARVAN” and not “D’RARNARVAN”.

7428 Private John Williams is on the QSA roll of the Volunteer Service Company serving with the 1st Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He received the Cape Colony clasp.

The headquarters of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers is in Carnarvon Castle where the Present Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales as were other heirs to the throne before him.

This medal was lot No. 794 on the Dix Noonan Webb auction of 13-14 Sept 2012 and sold for £3,300.