Transport Medal 1899 - 1902
This medal was to reward service transporting troops and
materials (including service on hospital ships) during the Boer
War in South Africa and the Boxer rebellion in China. It was awarded to Mercantile
Marine officers of the ranks: Surgeon, Purser, 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Engineer, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Officer and the Vessel Master. 1719
medals were issued to the officers of 181 vessels.
Description: silver, 36mm diameter with a swivelling suspender. Naming:
Impressed in serif block capitals. Recipients name only - no rank or
ship is given - reference to the medal roll is necessary to identify
the recipients rank and vessel.
The obverse bears the bust of King Edward VII in Admirals
uniform and the legend "EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR." Reverse
depicts his Majesty's transport "Ophir" under way, beneath a map of
the world, surrounded by the legend "OB PATRIAM MILITIBUS PER MARE
TRANSVECTIS ADJUTAM" (latin) which translates "for services rendered
in transporting troops by sea".
Two bars issued; S. Africa 1899 - 1902
and China 1900
Ribbon, red with two blue stripes.