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Southern Rhodesia War Service Medal

Conflict
 
World War II.
 
Further relevant historical context can be found at the foot of this entry.
 
History
 
The Southern Rhodesia Medal for War Service 1939-1945 was a British Commonwealth campaign medal presented for service during World War II. The medal was instituted in 1946 and was awarded to members of the Rhodesian military, who served in Southern Rhodesia only during the time of their enlistment, and as such, were not eligible for any other medal - therefore this replaces the War Medal 1939-1945 in these instances.
 
As a consequence of this only approximately 1700 medals were awarded, making it one of the rarest World War II medals.
 
Description
 
The medal is circular, 36mm in diameter and was struck in cupro-nickel. The obverse of this medal bears the crowned effigy of King George VI, and the inscription; ‘GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP:’ (George VI by the grace of God King of Great Britain and Emperor of India).
 
The reverse has the inscription: ‘FOR SERVICE IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA’.
 
The ribbon suspender is of the plain, straight and non-swivelling style riveted to the medal.
 
The medal was issued un-named.
 
Ribbon
 
 
The ribbon is 32mm wide and is olive-green in colour with narrow red and black stripes along either edge.
 
Bars/Clasps
 
None were authorised for this medal.
 
Further relevant historical context can be found at the foot of this entry.
 
Dealer Retail Value *
 
Southern Rhodesia War Service Medal
£290.00
 
* It should be noted that the values quoted above reflect the average price that a medal dealer may expect to sell this medal for - please see the ‘things you should know’ web page for more details about valuing medals.
 
Further Historical Context
 
This section contains information on:-
 
- Southern Rhodesia Forces During World War II.
 
Southern Rhodesia Forces During World War II - Southern Rhodesia was a self-governing colony, having received responsible government from the UK government in 1923, but not a sovereign dominion. It governed itself internally and controlled its own armed forces, but had no diplomatic autonomy, and therefore was officially at war as soon as Britain was at war.
 
The Southern Rhodesian colonial government issued a symbolic declaration of war nevertheless on 3 September 1939, which made no difference diplomatically, but preceded the declarations of war made by all other British dominions and colonies.
 
Southern Rhodesian military units did actively participate on the side of the United Kingdom and were involved in the East African Campaign and the Burma Campaign. Southern Rhodesian forces had the highest loss ratio of any constituent element, colony, dependency, dominion, or nation of the British Empire forces during World War II.
 
Additionally, the Rhodesian pilots earned the highest number of decorations and ace appellation of any group within the Empire. This resulted in the Royal Family paying an unusual state visit to the colony at the end of the war to thank the Rhodesian people.
 
Because of the geographical distance between Southern Rhodesia and acknowledged war fronts, the country was used predominantly by the Royal Air Force for training purposes.
 
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