African Distinguished Conduct Medal

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African Distinguished Conduct Medal
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Ribbon of the medals
Awarded by the Secretary of State for the Colonies
Country  British Empire
Type Bravery decoration
Eligibility African NCOs and soldiers of the KAR and RWAFF
Awarded for Bravery in the field
Status Replaced by award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1942
Established 1907
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Queen’s Fire Service Medal, for Gallantry[1]
Next (lower) Indian Distinguished Service Medal[1]

The African Distinguished Conduct Medal was a military decoration awarded to members of the Royal West African Frontier Force and the King's African Rifles. It is sometimes known as the Royal West African Frontier Force Distinguished Conduct Medal or King's African Rifles Distinguished Conduct Medal. It could also be awarded to the Somaliland Camel Corps.[2] The medal was awarded until 1942 when it was replaced by the Imperial Distinguished Conduct Medal.[3] Awards of the medal were gazetted in the appropriate colonial gazettes.[4]


The African Distinguished Conduct Medal was round and made of silver, it was 36 mm (1.4 in) in diameter. The obverse of the medal depicts the effigy of the reigning sovereign. The reverse bears the inscription in four lines FOR DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT IN THE FIELD. Around the top edge was inscribed either KING'S AFRICAN RIFLES, WEST AFRICAN FRONTIER FORCE, or ROYAL WEST AFRICAN FRONTIER FORCE (after 1928).[3]


  1. ^ a b "No. 56878". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 March 2003. p. 3352. 
  2. ^ "The African Distinguished Conduct Medal". The National Archives. Archived from the original on 25 February 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Mussell, John W. (2004). Mackay, James, ed. The Medal Yearbook 2004. Devon, UK: Token Publishing Ltd. p. 91. ISBN 9781870192620. 
  4. ^ "General Notice 510". Kenya Gazette. 19 (542): 599. 4 July 1917. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 

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