19 September 2010
China War Medal 1900
Awarded to those who took part in actions against the Chinese in the China War of 1900-1901, more commonly referred to as the Boxer Rebellion.
36mm diameter silver medal. The obverse portrays the crowned and veiled head of Queen Victoria, the legend VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX. The reverse depicts an array of trophies arranged under a palm tree. In the centre is a shield displaying the Royal Arms, and above the whole, the legend, ARMIS EXPOSCERE PACEM [translated as, they demanded peace by force of arms]. CHINA 1900 appears in the exergue.
The obverse of the medal was designed by G W de Saulles and the reverse by William Wyon RA (1795-1851).
32mm wide; crimson with yellow edges.
Plain, straight swivelling suspender.
Medals to the Royal Navy were impressed in block capitals, others indented in thin block capitals and running script.
Three clasps were issued and these are detailed below. The maximum number of clasps appearing on any one medal is two.
1. TAKU FORTS
Awarded for the action of 17th June 1900 when the Taku Forts were captured by the allied naval force.
2. DEFENCE OF LEGATIONS
Awarded for the actions between 20th June and 14th August 1900.
3. RELIEF OF PEKIN
Awarded for the actions of 10th June to 14th August 1900.
Images courtesy of Dix Noonan Webb. British Battles and Medals has been invaluable in putting together the information.