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1879 Queen Victoria medal 2 months 1 week ago #55853

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I have quite a few medals handed down to me from my father.
I am attaching photos of this medal
I'd love to know more about it
what was it awarded for and what would it be worth on the market

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1879 Queen Victoria medal 2 months 1 week ago #55854

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An interesting first post and a scarce medal.
A South African War medal and clasp for 1879, in this case, WO100/47 confirms Interpreter J McAlister as entitled to both medal and clasp, yes, it is certainly not without value.
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1879 Queen Victoria medal 2 months 1 week ago #55855

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As Frank has already indicated, this is a very fine medal indeed. I have had out Terry Sole's book, 'For God, Queen and Colony', for a reason that I will explain elsewhere, and he identified 29 Interpreters who served during the Zulu War. His list includes 'Mr McAlister Interpreter to Army Medical Department'.

Interpreters played a vital role in this war, because the vast majority of Imperial soldiers that participated could not speak Zulu, and other local languages.

I hope that we will be seeing more of the medals given to you by your father.

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Gosh Thank you that is interesting and information we didn't know. It certainly is wetting my apatite for more info
I am sure to post the others I have

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