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Manuscript Journal - Ribbon Samples for Service Awards & Medals
British Empire 1885 - British Empire, 1885-1921. Unusual and substantial collection of 245 ribbon swatches for service medals, awards, or special decorations, for decorum and chivalry, even one for Arctic Exploration, representing several nations from around the world, among them, the United Kingdom, Russia, Serbia, China, and America. Each ribbon is mounted with a single pin and identified with manuscript captions. 8vo. 64 pages. Half brown cloth over yellow speckled boards, the collector's signature to front endpaper. Volume measures approximately 17 x 23 cm. Some fraying to ribbon edges, otherwise in excellent condition, beautifully preserved, a delightful singular volume housed in a purpose made clamshell box for extra protection. Major James Henry Alldridge (military ID WO 374/1034) MC, DCM, born in 1866, was a enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade in 1885, served actively until 1921 and retired in 1922. The Imperial War Museum holds a collection of his papers and photographs, pertaining to his military career with the 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade 1885 - 1922, including his service as Quartermaster with the Battalion (25th Brigade, 8th Division) in France 1914-1918 and in Ulster 1919. Collected and compiled by a Quartermaster who served for 56 years in the British military Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own), these samples are as far reaching as Russia, Egypt, and the United States of America. The collection begins by showing the colours of the Rifle Brigade, naturally, and includes further ribbon swatches from the United Kingdom (over 100) and the Royal Air Force RAF (4), as well as some from France, Belgium, Montenegro, China, Japan, Turkey, Persia, Egypt, Russia, Serbia, Italy, Greece, Spain, the United States of America, Portugal, and some of Pontifical origin. An additional 11 unidentified swatches are loosely placed within, suggesting that this was an ongoing work which Alldridge was adding to until his final days, circa 1947. One of these ribbons awarded military actions which pre-dated the collector's lifetime - the British Navy's award for general service which was created in 1847 and granted retroactively for participation in war campaigns from 1793 to 1840 and which is considered one of the first real British campaign medals, together with its counterpart for the army. A veritable chronicle of the colonial expansion of the British Empire, and the decisive battles that formed and re-formed the ever-growing nation, the following is but a sampling of ribbons which correspond to significant medals and awards: Victoria Cross (VC) military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of armed forces of some Commonwealth countries and previous British Empire territories, introduced in 1856 by Queen Victoria following the Crimean War. The Naval General Service Medal (NGSM), one of the two the first real British campaign medals, approved in 1847, for issue to officers and men of the Royal Navy who had served in various military actions from 1793 to 1814; a period encompassing the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, and the Anglo-American War of 1812. The China War Medal first issued by the British Government in 1843 to members of the British Army and Royal Navy who took part in the First Anglo-Chinese War (1839-1842), re-issued for those who fought in the Second Opium War (1856-1860), and used again for the awards in 1901 presented to British and Imperial land and sea troops who fought during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. The Northwest Canada Medal, issued to the soldiers, volunteers, and North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) personnel who participated in suppression of the North-West Rebellion in 1885. The Abyssinian War Medal, awarded for service between 4 October 1867 and 19 April 1868 to those who participated in the punitive 1868 Expedition to Abyssinia, led by Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Napier. The New Zealand Medal, a campaign medal awarded to Imperial and Colonial troops in the New Zealand Wars o
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