Offered is an original 1900 Cape of Good Hope General Service Medal. 36mm wide circular silver medal, with straight swiveling suspension bar, with BECHUANALAND campaign bar. The obverse features the veiled and crowned Jubilee head of Queen Victoria by Sir Joseph Boehm with the legend ‘Victoria Regina et Imperatrix. The reverse has the arms of the Cape with the legend ‘Cape of Good Hope’. The medal is named in the correct chiselled fashion to TPR. J. BEVAN DIAM. F. HORSE. Medal is court mounted for display.
Trooper Bevan is listed in the medal roll for this medal/bar and served with the Diamond Field Horse.
This medal was instituted by Queen Victoria on the 4 December 1900 at the request of the Cape of Good Hope authorities to mark several uprisings by tribes in the Transkei, Basutoland and Bechuanaland that had spanned the years 1880-1897. The Bechuanaland clasp was awarded to the troops for operations which spanned the 24 December 1896 to the 30 July 1897. This uprising stemmed from an edict to slaughter native livestock to prevent the spread of virulent cattle disease in April 1896. The revolt rapidly gathered alarming momentum and the local troops under Lt Colonel Dalgety were hard pressed to contain the uprising. A large force was required to subdue the fighting and troops and volunteers were mobilized for the Bechuanaland Field Force. Actions were fought at Gamasep Kloof, Riet Kloof and finally at Langberg on the 30 Jul – 1 Aug 1897 before peace was restored.