Prussian Danish Campaign Medal 1864

Accession Number RELAWM14752
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Gilded bronze
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany: Prussia
Date made c 1864

Prussian Danish Campaign Medal 1864. Unnamed as issued. Obverse: A crown over 'W' on the left and a Austrian crown over 'FJ' on the right, being the monograms of Wilhelm of Prussia and Franz Joseph of Austria. Reverse: The legend 'UNSERN TAPFREN KREIGEN 1864' (To our courageous warriors) on four lines in the centre of a laurel wreath tied at the base with a ribbon. The medal is fitted with a loose ring suspender and a piece of 32 mm black ribbon that has an orange stripe near the left edge and a white stripe near the right edge.

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History / Summary

Awarded to Austrian and Prussian troops who fought against Denmark over the occupation of Schleswig-Holstein in 1864. 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.