Lombok Cross 1894

Unit Netherlands Forces
Place Asia: Netherlands East Indies
Accession Number RELAWM14831
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Bronze
Maker Unknown
Place made Netherlands
Date made c 1895

Lombok Cross 1894. Unnamed as issued. A bronze cross pattee with concave ends and ball finials. Obverse: The young head of Queen Wilhelmina facing right within a central circle and on the arms 'LOMBOK' (top), 'MATARAM' (left), 'TJAKRA-NEGARA' (right) and '1894' (bottom). Reverse: A Dutch rampant lion in a wreath and on the arms 'HULDE AAN' (top), 'LEGER' (left), 'EN' (bottom) and 'VLOOT' (right), (Homage to Army and Fleet). The medal is fitted with a loose ring suspender and a piece of 40 mm ribbon of nine equal stripes, five orange-yellow and four Nassau blue.

History / Summary

Made from the captured cannon and awarded to the Dutch troops commanded by General Vetter, who took part in the invasion of Lombok Island in 1894. 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.