Egypt Medal 1882-1899 : Driver T F Coleman, NSW Artillery

Place Africa: Sudan, Suakin
Accession Number OL00550.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Silver
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1886
Conflict Sudan, 1885

Egypt Medal 1882 -1889 with the bar 'SUAKIN 1885'. The recipient's number, rank, name and regiment are engraved on the edge. Obverse: The diademed and veiled head of Queen Victoria with the legend, 'VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX'. Reverse: The Sphinx on a pedestal with the word 'EGYPT' above. The exergue is blank . The medal is fitted with a straight swivel suspender and a single rectangular campaign bar. A piece of 32 mm ribbon which has three bright blue and two white stripes of equal width is attached to the suspender.

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History / Summary

Thomas Fulton Coleman was born at Sofala, NSW, on 18 December 1863. He enlisted in the NSW Artillery on 29 January 1885 and allocated the regimental number 1199. His attestation papers state that he was a gardener by trade, aged 21, height 5 feet 9 1/4 inches with grey eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion and religion as Church of England. In the Sudan he served as a driver with the NSW Contingent and in the South African War as a Warrant Officer with the NSW Citizens Bushmen Contingent during 1900-1901. Upon his return to Australia he joined the Permanent NSW Instructional Staff as a Quarter Master Sergeant and was promoted in 1908 to Staff Regimental Sergeant Major with the same unit. Coleman qualified for the Colonial Long Service Medal on 3 January 1903 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal on 5 March 1910. On 1 April 1913 he was commissioned a Lieutenant (Adjutant) to the 43rd NSW Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to Captain (Adjutant) on 1 April 1918. He retired from military service as an Honorary Major in 1921. His brother William Hammond Coleman joined the NSW Artillery and also served in the Sudan and South African Wars. He joined the Instructional Staff on 1 October 1915 as a Lieutenant and was promoted Captain 1 January 1920.