Pair of Miniature medals : Lancelot Giles, British Consular Service

Place Asia: China
Accession Number REL/09932.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Enamel, Silver
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1928
Conflict China, 1900-1901 (Boxer Uprising)

Pair of miniature medals comprising the Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George and a China Medal, 1900, with the bar 'DEFENCE OF LEGATIONS'. Complete with ribbons and a brooch pin bar. Fitted in a small (95 mm square) blue leatherette hinged case that is marked 'A&N.C.S. LTD MEDALISTS 105 Victoria Street, WESTMINSTER' on the white silk padding of the lid.

History / Summary

Lancelot Giles was a 22 year old Student Interpreter with the British Consular Service in Peking during the siege of the foreign legations by the Chinese 'Boxers' between 20 June and 14 August 1900 during the Boxer uprising. He had been appointed to the position in July 1899. The diary he kept detailing his experiences during the siege is held in the Private Records collection at PR84/027. Giles's entire working life was spent in the China in the diplomatic service. He died in 1934.