The Second China War Medal
6th March 1861 for those that had served during the Second China
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:
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.)
TAKU FORTS 1858
TAKU FORTS 1860
Naming; impressed in roman capitals similar to the Indian Mutiny
Medals to the Royal Navy and Marines were issued unnamed.
Ribbon :Crimson with yellow edges
Medals of the Regiments for qualification by regiment for
Infantry and Cavalry units.)