Hong Kong plague medal, England, 1894

Made:
1894 in England
maker:
Allan Wyon
A114799 Hong Kong Plague medal dated 1894 with ribbon on right hand side. A677103, the reverse without ribbon. Black

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A114799 Hong Kong Plague medal dated 1894 with ribbon on right hand side. A677103, the reverse without ribbon. Black
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hong Kong Plague Medal 1894, silver medal with silk ribbon, awarded to Private S. Abbey of Shropshire Light Infantry, by the Hong Kong Community for his services during the plague epidemic, by Boucher and Wyon, English, 1894

Bubonic plague swept through Hong Kong from May to September 1894, claiming 2,500 lives. The Hong Kong authorities awarded this medal to nurses, civil servants, police, and British army and naval personnel who helped the crown colony during the epidemic. The medal shows a Chinese man lying on a bed being tended to by a female nurse while a man holds off the winged figure of Death. The Chinese characters on the left hand side spell out the name of the colony.

This medal (complete with ribbon) was awarded to Private S Abbey of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry who served in Hong Kong during the epidemic. Overall 400 men and women received this medal. However, British army personnel were not authorised to wear them on their uniforms.

Details

Category:
Wellcome Medals
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A114799
Materials:
silk and silver
type:
military medal
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • medal
credit:
Glendining