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THE ANGLO-BELGIAN MILITARY MEDALS SOCIETY

'THE GLIMPS OF WAR REFLECTED IN THE BRAVERY AND SERVICE OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR OTHERS'

COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL FOR THE COLONIAL VETERANS


 

A MEDAL ESTABLISHED AFTER THE REIGN OF KING LEOPOLD II IN 1929 FOR ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED IN THE CIVILIZATION OF CONGO AND CONGO FREESTATE FROM 1879 (COLONIALIZATION OF CONGO FREESTATE BY BELGIUM) AND 1908 (ANNEXATION OF CONGO FREESTATE UNDER BELGIUM RULE).

 

HISTORY


Established on the 21th of January 1929 by Royal Degree for those who contributed to the civilization of Congo during the reign of King Leopold II from 1879 till October 1908. Although the medal was initialy for missionary's, merchants and colonists, it was also permitted for soldiers.

DISCRIPTION OF THE AWARD


The medal is made in bronze and consistes of a laurel with a medallion on the front and back. In the medallion on the the front we find the image of Leopold II. On the back we find the colonial moto 'Travail et Progress' and the kings monogram in the middle. Beneeath we find the dates 1879 and 1908.

 

The medal has a bleu collar with a vijf pointed embroidered yellow star in the middle. This star is also repeated on the back of the ribbon.

              

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