The Second China War Medal

   Instituted 6th March 1861 for those that had served during the Second China War.
   Description: 36 mm diameter, in silver with a cusped swivelling suspender of the same design as the Indian Mutiny medal. Obverse; the diademed head of Queen Victoria and the legend "VICTORIA REGINA". Reverse; a trophy of arms around a palm tree, with the royal shield at the front, above is the legend "ARMIS EXPOSCERE PACEM" in exergue is the word "CHINA"
Bars issued; six (fish tailed, with rosettes) as follows:

CHINA 1842
This bar was to be awarded to men who had served in the first China war and been awarded the 1842 China War medal. The bar (with any other bars entitled) was to be worn with the first medal and no issue of the Second China War medal was to be permitted. (that was the theory - in reality many first war veterans received both medals, some because they did not declare possession of the first, and some possibly due to an official change of policy once it was realized the bars were incompatible with the first medal.)





PEKIN 1860

Naming; impressed in roman capitals similar to the Indian Mutiny Medal
Medals to the Royal Navy and  Marines were issued unnamed.

Ribbon :Crimson with yellow edges

(Also see: Medals of the Regiments for qualification by regiment for Infantry and Cavalry units.)



Second China War Medal




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