Abyssinian War Medal, 1867-1868, awarded to Stoker G. Simmons of the HMS Argus.
King Theodore of Abyssinia took to imprisoning missionaries, British subjects and even workmen he had sent for from England as the arrived. From 1867 a series of ultimatums and declarations of war were ignored until Lord Robert Napier invaded and defeated the fortress at Magdala. The King committed suicide and the prisoners were released. Two Victoria Crosses were won in the capture of Magdala - one, that won by Drummer Michael Magner, is in the collections of Museum Victoria.
HMS Argus was on duty in the Red Sea during the war.
A silver medal 32 mm with mount in the form of a loop attached at the top of and Imperial Crown which is attached to the top edge of the medal.
A diademed bust of Queen Victoria facing left with veil, surrounded by a nine-pointed star with a letter of the word ABYSSINIA between each point; the artists names, J.S. & A.B. WYON below bust.
A laurel wreath arround a circular beaded border, at the centre, G. SIMMONS STOKER H.M.S. ARGUS
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Place & Date of Event
ABYSSINIA J.S. & A.B. WYON G. SIMMONS STOKER H.M.S. ARGUS
Type of item
118 mm (Height), 32 mm (Outside Diameter)
Round with loop and ribbon
[Book] Joslin, E C., et al. 1988. British Battles and Medals., 145-6 Pages