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Burma War Medal: CM.1156-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Issuer: East India Company
Artist: Daniell, William




In 1824 raiding by Burmese troops of King Bagyidaw of Ava, in modern-day Myanmar, into the border states of Sylhat and Cachar (now both in India) caused their independent rulers to appeal for help from the British in India. This led to an orchestrated reprisal expedition whose aim was to take Rangoon. The campaign lasted through two years of extremely difficult fighting, but in 1826, with his forces driven from Assam, Rakhine and Manipur, King Bagyidaw agreed a treaty with the British. He was to abdicate in 1837.
This medal was awarded by the British East India Company to the Indian troops involved in what was called the "war in Ava"; Europeans and naval and marine forces were awarded a bar to the Army of India Medal in 1851.
This silver issue of the medal was awarded to Indian troops from Bengal and Madras; officers received a gold version. It is unnamed, so the soldier who received it cannot be identified. Lester Watson purchased the medal from the London dealer Spink at some point before 1928.


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

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Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 37.7 mm
Weight: 35.78 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


1831 CE - 1832 CE

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1156-2009
Primary reference Number: 141250
Watson Catalogue: 42
Ordering: M-0039
Previous object number: LW.0039
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 15 January 2024 Last processed: Monday 15 January 2024

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

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