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BATTLE OF EGYPT MEDAL of 1892
(BRITISH NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL WITH CLASP)
Awarded to Petty Officer J.H. Dangerfield|
11th July 1882
Presented is a fine example of the Battle of Egypt Medal of 1892 with Alexandria
bar, that was awarded to Petty Officer J.H. Dangerfield, 1st Class Painter on board HMS PENELOPE, and
dated July 11th, 1882.
Accompanying the medal in a sleeved booklet are:
1. Color picture post card of the HMS Penelope
2. Color picture post card of the battle fleet anchored
in Portland, England 1878
3. Color map of John Dangerfield's birth
4. Copy of John Dangerfield's Naval Service
record 11 November 1866 to 10 November 1876
5. Copy undated Census of Stroud, England
for the Dangerfield Family
6. Printed article about HMS VOLAGE another
ship in which Dangerfield served.
BATTLE OF EGYPT MEDAL
- ALEXANDRIA: The medal has its ribbon of alternating white with blue stripes. It was awarded
for service in various naval actions from 1882 to 1885. The Naval General Service Medal was originally approved in 1847 for
issue to officers and men of the Royal Navy retroactively.
DESCRIPTION of this MEDAL: The obverse has the head of Queen
Victoria and the legend 'VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX'. The reverse depicts a sphinx facing left with the word 'EGYPT' above
and '1882' in the exergue below. After 1882, awards were identical but with the 1882 date being omitted. The suspender
is straight with a claw mount sweated to the medal. The reverse has the symbol of a prone Sphinx with EGYPT
above and the year 1882 below. The second version was the same but without the "1882" engagement. These medals were issued
to only 4592 men. The Egyptian Medal was issued 1882-1889. On the edge of the medal, the recipient's number, rank,
name, ship or station are engraved along the edge.
Naval Service Records of J.H.Dangerfield,
Silver disk 36mm in diameter with swivel clasp and alternating white ribbon and blue stripes 32mm in length.
back of the ribbon has remnants of paper and is missing its safety pin. Otherwise it is fine condition with a nice
patina of age. The accompanying documents are all in good condition.
Clasp-Alexandria: John D. Dangerfield, Painter 1st
Class, HMS Penelope
THE EGYPTIAN WAR: The war erupted after the opening of
the Suez Canal in 1869. Foreign armies mutinied and triggered an anti-European uprising in 1882. On July 11, 1882
HMS Alexandra, flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet, fired the opening shot of the lengthy Egypt/Soudan war. The causes of
the war, like all wars, was mainly political, & was one in another of the many Colonial wars & conflicts during Queen
Victoria’s long reign. Many times Britain had to come to the aid of an inept or tyrannical ruler, or was required to
take naval or military actions to protect her vast colonial empire & the essential sea routes that made that empire possible. The
Suez Canal was of great importance to Britain & played a very large part in the important & necessity of keeping both
Egypt & the Soudan politically stable & friendly towards British interests. The troubles in Egypt with
fanatical religious leaders was to keep Britain’s naval & military resources well occupied for most the of the 1880’s
decade. Thanks to http://www.britishmedals.us/collections/BW/nbes/intro.html Pictured to the left are some of documents that accompany the medal.
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