Canada: Boer War: Town of Westmount Gold Tribute Medal

Canada: Boer War: Town of Westmount Gold Tribute MedalCanada: Boer War: Town of Westmount Gold Tribute Medal
Form: Circular front and back plate held by annular ring. At the top, Queen’s Crown with green enamel holed for a ring, flanked by rippled flanges protruding left and right. Arched bars round the ring top and bottom and, in the middle, a rectangular bar across.
By: Unknown Jewller
Date: 1902
Ref:  Hibbard: No record; Laidlaw: 0872b;
25.3 mm (ring diameter)Gold (unmarked) & enamel11.4 gm$1,200

Edge: Plain. Width of ring 4.5 mm

Obverse: Engraved on the flanges: “ANIMO (left) ET FIDE (right)”. Top bar: “TOWN OF” on red enamel background. Cross bar: “WESTMOUNT” on white enamel background. Bottom bar: “CANADA” on blue enamel background. Maple leaves between the bars. On the plate above the cross bar, buildings with mountains behind and a radiant sun. On the plate below the cross bar, the British Union flag with green enamel.

Reverse: On the flanges: “1900 (left) 1902 (right)”. On the plate, across; “PRESENTED (in an arc) / BY THE / TOWN OF WESTMOUNT / TO / BURNETT K. SNIDER (engraved) / AS A RECOGNITION / OF HIS SERVICES / TO QUEEN & EMPIRE / IN / SOUTH AFRICA (in an arc)”.

Notes: This medal was sold by Dix Noonan Webb (Lot 613 25 March - 3 April 2014) for £800.

Burnett Kitty-Kenney Snider served as a private with the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards (Ottawa) and as an orderly with the 10th Canadian Field Hospital (Army Medical Corps). He appears on the QSA medal roll for the latter unit as: "32 Pte Snider B.K." with three clasps: Cape Colony, Transvaal and 1902.

The third Canadian contingent was the only one to take a field hospital with it to South Africa. The 10th Canadian Field Hospital, which departed Canada in January 1902, was quite small, numbering only 61 all ranks. Many among the members of 10 CFH were veterans of previous tours in South Africa. The unit returned home in June.

In the First World War he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1914 serving as a lieutenant with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

Westmount was an affluent English-speaking town on the Island of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec. It is now an enclave of the City of Montreal.

An earlier example of this medal is dated 1899 1900 on the flanges. The dates and the inscription: "ANIMO ET FIDE" are die-stamped in relief and not engraved. The medal was presented to Private A. S. McCormick of the Royal Canadian Regiment. Its was sold by Dix Noonan Webb (Lot 500, 11-12 December 2013) together with his QSA for £2,300.

Laidlaw 0872a is example of the earlier medal in bronze.