Italian China Medal 1900 - 1901

Place Asia: China
Accession Number RELAWM14818
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Silver
Maker Unknown
Place made Italy
Date made c 1902
Conflict China, 1900-1901 (Boxer Uprising)

Italian China Medal 1900 - 1901. Unnamed as issued. Obverse: The bust of Victor Emanuel III facing left with the inscription 'VICTORIO EMANUELE III RE D'ITALIA' around the circumference. Reverse: 'CINA 1900-1901' on two lines within a laurel wreath. The medal is fitted with a fixed bar suspender and a piece of 38 mm blue ribbon that has a 10 mm centre stripe and a 5 mm stripe on each side in yellow.

History / Summary

Awarded to the Italian marines and the crews of two Italian ships that formed part of the multi-national force to serve in China during the Boxer Uprising of 1900-01. It is believed that the silver medal was issued to the ships officers and 80 marines who served on land whereas the bronze medal was issued to the ships crews. This medal is part of a collection assembled by the late Hon. Sir Thomas Hughes, Member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales. It was presented to the Memorial in memory of his son, Captain Roger Forrest Hughes, Australian Army Medical Corps, who died of wounds in France on 11 December 1916 and his grandson, Flying Officer Peter Roger Forrest Hughes, 12 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, who was killed on active service while flying in the Northern Territory on 3 October 1942.

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