New Zealand Rough Riders

The ten contingents of the New Zealand Rough Riders, who served in the Transval during Second Boer War (October 11, 1899 to May 31, 1902) were, depending on dates of service, eligible for the Queen's South Africa Medal or the Kings South Africa Medal or both.

Rough Riders Commemorative

The members of the Rough Riders were also presented with a rare and interesting 21mm commemorative medal upon their departure for South Africa. While this was just one of a number of New Zealand commemoratives related to the Second Boer War, the use of the United Tribes of New Zealand Flag makes this medal particularly interesting.

The flag is a St. George's Cross with the canton consisting of a blue field, another St. George's Cross with white fimbriation and a white, eight-pointed star in each of the quarters.

The obverse bears the bust of Queen Victoria wearing a diadem and veil facing left. The curved inscription reads BRITISH TRANSVAL WAR. The reverse depicts a version of the Flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand as chosen by Māori Chiefs in 1834.

The reverse inscription reads SUCCESS TO NEW ZEALAND CONTINGENT 1899-1900. The ribbon shown is a later addition. Most commemoratives encountered show a hole-punch for a ribbon to be added at a later date.

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