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Afghanistan Medal: CM.1125-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Artist: Boehm, Joseph Edward, Sir
Artist: Caldecott, Randolph
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901)
Ruler: Victoria regina et imperatrix (With the title of)




British forces were committed to Afghanistan for the third time in 1878 after a treaty between the Amir Shere Ali and Britain made in 1873 had been discarded by the Amir in favour of a new one with Russia, and diplomatic missions from Britain refused. After two major actions peace (and a subsidy for the Amir) was agreed in May 1878, though fighting was to renew the next year.
This medal bears the clasp for participation in the capture of the hill fortress of Ali Musjid, one of the two actions which led to Shere Ali fleeing Kabul before the British. It was awarded to Private P. Lackey of the 8th Brigade, 1st Regiment. Lester Watson purchased it at some point before 1928.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.2 mm
Weight: 39.32 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester


1881 - 1882

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Pack elephant with following troops and mules crossing left

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1125-2009
Primary reference Number: 141219
Watson Catalogue: 8
Ordering: M-0008
Previous object number: LW.0008
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Sunday 23 January 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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