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Obverse and reverse of medal
|Awarded by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|
|Awarded for||Campaign service.|
|Description||Silver disk 36 mm wide|
Ribbon: red with two blue stripes
The Transport Medal was a British campaign medal sanctioned on 8 November 1903 and awarded by the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty. It was awarded to masters and officers of merchant ships employed by the Transport Service to move troops to either South Africa during the South African War or to China during the Boxer Rebellion. The officers of hospital ships used in the campaigns also qualified.
It was intended that the medal would be awarded for future conflicts, but was not awarded again after the South Africa and China wars.
The obverse of the medal bears the head of King Edward VII in Royal Navy uniform, with the inscription EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR.
The reverse depicts HMS Ophir beneath a map of the world with, below, the words in Latin OB PATRIAM MILITIBUS PER MARE TRANSVECTIS ADJUTAM which translates as for services rendered in transporting troops by sea.
- S.AFRICA 1899–1902
- For services related to the South African War.
- CHINA 1900
- For services related to the Boxer Rebellion.
Notes and references
- Joslin, Litherland and Simpkin. British Battles and Medals. p. 210. Published Spink, London. 1988.
- Specifically, Masters, First, Second and Third Officers, First, Second and Third Engineers, Pursers and Surgeons
- "The Transport Medal 1899-1902". North East Medals. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
- William Spencer. Medals: The Researcher's Guide. p. 38. Published The National Archives, Richmond, Surrey, England. ISBN 1-903365-63-5.
- "Medal for Transport Service". Official Appointments and Notices. The Times (39621). London. 10 November 1902. col D, p. 8.
- Precise award figures vary slightly. For example, Edward Joslin Observer's Book of British Awards and Medals (Fred'k Warne & Co, 1974) page 137 states 1,270 S. Africa, 323 China and 188 two clasp medals.