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Burma War Medal: CM.1157-2009

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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 states 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 land forces involved in what was called the "war in Ava"; naval and marine forces were awarded a bar to the Army of India Medal.
This gold issue of the medal was awarded to the Indian officers and officials involved in the campaign; their troops received a silver medal. This one is unnamed, so the recipient cannot be identified. Lester Watson purchased the medal from the London dealer Baldwin at some point before 1928.


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

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Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 37.9 mm
Weight: 35.34 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.1157-2009
Primary reference Number: 141251
Watson Catalogue: 43
Ordering: M-0040
Previous object number: LW.0040
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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