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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 of 1845-1847 (and for 1848) and 1860-1866. The New Zealand Wars were previously known as the Maori Wars, Anglo-Maori Wars or Land Wars. The medal was authorised in 1869. Three Crimean War medals - the Crimea, Turkish Crimea, and Baltic Medals, awarded to those who fought in 1854-1856 against Russia. The Tibet Medal which was awarded in 1905 for services in Tibet during the Gyantse campaign, issued to members of the British Tibet Mission (Younghusband expedition to Tibet), and to accompanying troops who served at or beyond Siliguri from 13 December 1903 to 23 September 1904. The United Kingdom's Afghanistan Medal which was awarded in 1881 to all who took part in the campaigns against Afghanistan known as the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-1880). The Indian Order of Merit (IOM), established in 1837 by the East India Company as a military and civilian decoration of British India, and for some time being the highest decoration that a native member of the British Indian Army could receive. Egypt Medal (1882-1889) and Khedive's Star (1897), both pertaining to the the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War. Khedive's Sudan Medal (1897), awarded by the Khedivate of Egypt for service during the Mahdist War in Sudan. Established 12 February 1897, by Khedive Abbas Hilmi Pasha, this medal was initially to commemorate the reconquest of the Dongola province in 1896. The Queen's Sudan Medal (1899), awarded to British and Egyptian forces which took part in the Sudan campaign between 1896 and 1898. Numerous South Africa Campaigns. While approximately 100 ribbons represent British interests, still 140 more ribbons represent awards that were issued by other countries to their gallant servicemen and most noble civilians. Some examples herein memorialized with corresponding ribbons include: A Knight rank from the Order of the Nile (Kiladat El Nil), Egypt's highest state honour, an award which was instituted in 1915 by Sultan Hussein Kamel for exceptional services to the nation. The China Relief Expedition Medal (Boxer Rebellion), established on 27 June 1908 and awarded to the United States Marine Corps members who served ashore with the China Relief Expedition between 24 May 1900 and 17 May 1901, or aboard one of eleven specified naval vessels in support of the Expedition. The Army of Cuban Occupation Medal, created by the United States War Department in June 1915 to recognize the service members who performed garrison occupation duty in the United States Protectorate over Cuba, following the close of the Spanish-American War. The Spanish Campaign Medal, awarded by the United States Armed Forces, to members of the U.S. military who had served in the Spanish-American War. Belgian highest national honorary order of knighthood, the Order of Leopold , named in honour of King Leopold I, a decoration which was established in 1832 and is awarded for extreme bravery in combat or for meritorious service of immense benefit to the Belgian nation. Japan's ribbon to hold their Imperial Russia Russo-Japanese War Medal to recognize service in 1904-1905. The Order of Saint George, the highest purely military decoration of the Russian Federation, originally established November 26, 1769 by Empress Catherine the Great. Several other Russian orders are represented with ribbons. Russia's Romanov Tercentenary (1913), issued by the decree of Russian Emperor Nicholas II to commemorate the Romanov Dynasty. The Order of the Precious Brilliant Golden Grain (Order of Chia-Ho), a former award of Nationalist China. The Imperial Order of the Double Dragon, an order awarded founded by the Guangxu Emperor in 1882 for outstanding services to the throne and the Qing court, originally issued only to foreigners, but extended to Chinese subjects from 1908. Perhaps of special interest for the sake of recognizing achievements and events outside of warfare, we find ribbons that held medals such as these: The Arctic Medal which hung from a white ribbon and was first instituted in 1857 , has since been renamed the Polar Medal in 1904. The Admiralty issued the medal in 1857 for several expeditions, including the expedition to discover the fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew who were lost while looking for the Northwest Passage in 1847. The second presentation of the Arctic Medal was to the crews of three ships exploring the Arctic in 1875-1876. In 1904, the Polar Medal was inaugurated for members of Captain Scott's first expedition to Antarctica. It was also awarded to the crews of both rescue ships, the Terra Nova and the Morning. Subsequent medals were also awarded to members of Ernest Shackleton's expeditions in 1907-1909 and 1914-1917. Stanhope Medal (or Gold Medal) - the Royal Humane Society's most prestigious award, named in memory of Chandos Scudamore Scudamore Stanhope who saved the life of a seaman in 1851, and first awarded to Captain Matthew Webb in 1873 for attempting to rescue a sailor who had fallen from the rigging of a ship into the Atlantic Ocean. The Order of Merit, a special honour created by King Edward VII at the time of his coronation in 1902, to award individuals of great achievement in the fields of the arts, learning, literature and science. The Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medal instituted in 1897 by Royal Warrant as a British decoration, awarded to members of the Royal Family and the court, guests at the jubilee celebrations, and the soldiers and sailors that paraded that day in London. Coronations of King Edward VII (1902) and King George V and Queen Mary (1911) And finally, a few examples representing Britain's prestigious orders of chivalry and honourable acts of gallantry: The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, awarded on a black ribbon pendant, for the a royal order of chivalry chartered by Queen Victoria in 1888. An ordinary member of the Royal Victorian Order, a dynastic order of knighthood recognising distinguished personal service to the monarch of the Commonwealth realms, established in 1896 by Queen Victoria. Both civil and military appointments of the chivalric order Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), established in 1917 by King George V, and rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations and public service outside the Civil Service. . Very Good.
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