Pair to Shipwright W. M. Atkins, H.M.S. Falcon, comprising Egypt Medal 1882 and Khedive’s Star 1882
Egypt Medal 1882. Circular silver medal with swivel bar for ribbon suspension; the face with the crowned, veiled head of Queen Victoria facing left, circumscribed ‘VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX’ (Victoria Queen and Empress); the reverse with a sphinx facing left on a decorated plinth, circumscribed ‘EGYPT’ above, dated ‘1882’ below; inscribed on the edge ‘W. M. ATKINS, SHIPT. H.M.S. “FALCON” ’; slight surface pitting, as usual; on replaced correct ribbon.
The medal was instituted in October 1882 to be awarded to Army and Navy personnel active in the campaign in Egypt earlier that year to suppress the nationalist uprising against increasing British and French control of Egyptian affairs.
Khedive’s Star 1882. Five-pointed bronze star with loop and laurel-decorated ribbon bar bearing a star and crescent; the face with a circular central medallion bearing a sphinx, three pyramids beyond, within a ring inscribed ‘EGYPT 1882’ above and ‘Khedive of Egypt’ in Arabic script below; the reverse with a circular central medallion bearing the crowned cipher of Khedive Tewfik; on replaced correct ribbon.
The Star was instituted in 1882 and awarded to Army and Navy personnel entitled to the Egypt medal for their assistance in reasserting the control of Tewfik Pasha over Egypt, albeit under French and British supervision. H.M.S. Falcon was a Condor class gun vessel built by Laird Brothers of Birkenhead and launched on 4 January 1877. After launch, she proceeded to the Mediterranean where she remained for the next ten years, proceeding first through the Dardanelles and remaining in the Sea of Marmora with a battle squadron under Admiral Sir Geoffrey Hornby for more than a year. It was here that Falcon’s captain, Commander Selby was murdered by Turkish brigands, resulting in her absence from the bombardment of Alexandria on 11 July 1882 that heralded the opening of the Egyptian campaign. Falcon later joined the squadron based at Suakin, returning to Plymouth in 1888.
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