Canada General Service Medal 1866-70 with ‘Fenian Raid 1870’ clasp, attributed, 58th Compton Battalion of Infantry
Circular silver medal on swivel ribbon bar with original ‘FENIAN RAID 1870’ clasp; the face with the veiled head and shoulders portrait of Queen Victoria facing left, circumscribed ‘VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX’ (Victoria Queen and Empress), signed ‘T.B.’ (for the sculptor Sir Thomas Brock KCB, RA, 1847-1922 whose most famous works include the statue of Prince Albert for the Albert Memorial at Kensington and the Imperial Memorial to Queen Victoria in front of Buckingham Palace); the reverse with the then Canadian flag within a wreath of maple leaves, inscribed ‘CANADA’ above; attributed on the edge to ‘Pte. J. F. McLeod 58th Bn.’, the initials officially corrected; on replaced correct ribbon. The medal was instituted by the Canadian government as late as January 1899 to be awarded to the Canadian and British forces that had confronted the Fenian and Red River raids of 1866 and 1870 by dissident Irish Americans from across the border. Volunteers from the 53rd Sherbrooke Battalion, the 54th Richmond Battalion and the 58th Compton Battalion formed a company that served in the Fenian Raids of 1870. An exceptionally good example.
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