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RSA (Pre-1994): John Chard Decoration and Award

RSA (Pre-1994): John Chard Decoration and AwardRSA (Pre-1994): John Chard Decoration and Award
RSA (Pre-1994): John Chard Decoration and AwardRSA (Pre-1994): John Chard Decoration and Award
Form: Upright oval. Attached suspension boss for a ring in the form of an acorn flanked by oak leaves. The ribbon is dark red with narrow blue-white border.
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Ref:  MYB: SA32; Laidlaw: 0124;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
38 mm x 55 mmBronze$35
38 mm x 55 mmSilver$80

Edge: Plain with or without number.

Obverse: The garrison at Rorke’s Drift with a thorn tree in the foreground and mountains behind. Below: “RORKE’S DRIFT / 1879”. Legend on a raised band above: “JOHN CHARD” and below on the silver medal: “DECORATION : DEKORASIE” or on the bronze medal: “MEDALJE : MEDAL”

Reverse: Coat of arms of South Africa. Silver medal stamped: “SILVER” at the foot.

Notes: The silver decoration was awarded for 20 years military service and the bronze medal for 12 years service.
The medal is named in memory of Lieutenant John Rouse Merriott Chard, VC who commanded the garrison at the defence of Rorkes’ Drift during the Zulu War of 1897. There were about one hundred and fifty defenders eleven of whom were awarded the Victoria Cross, the largest number of such awards in the history of the British army for a single engagement.