East & West Africa Medal 1887-99

Obverse: Head of Queen Victoria in a diadem and veil (L). Legend: "VICTORIA REGINA". Reverse: a group of soldiers and Africans fighting in the bush for their fallen comrades. Suspended from a bar, and yellow ribbon with a broad black edge and two narrow black central stripes. Bar: "BENIN 1897". Inscription on edge: "G.BALDWIN ASST. ENGR. H.M.S. FORTE".

Engineer Rear-Admiral George William Baldwin (1871-1955) was the son of Thomas Baldwin of Gosport, Hampshire. He was educated at Portsmouth and later entered the Royal Naval Engineering College at Keyham. He served in the Benin Expedition of 1897 and was awarded the medal with clasp. Later he qualified at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and in 1917 was appointed Chief Engineer of Invergordon Dockyard. From 1919 to 1922 he was Chief Engineer of the dockyard at Malta and his last post befor his retirement in 1926 was that of Engineer Manager of Devonport Dockyard. He was appointed CBE in 1922 and CB. on retirement. In 1902 he married Maud Edith, daughter of Mr. Robert Clover.

Object Details

ID: MED1172
Collection: Coins and medals
Type: War medal
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Poynter, Edward John; Wyon, Leonard Charles
Events: Benin Expedition, 1897
Vessels: Forte 1858 (HMS)
Date made: 1874
People: Baldwin, Engineer George William
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: 36 mm

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