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dean coles
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Morning All 

I am asking for some back ground information on this medal please , it is with a collection of medals of a relative , along with star , war , victory medals WW1 , 

Why would this have been issued / awarded to a British soldier ? 

 

possible recipient name - Woodcock , royal fusiliers .   

 

Thanks 

 

Dean

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It is the Decoration of Honour for Important Military Operations popularly called the Expedition Cross. The ribbon has a 37mm green central stripe with 7mm orange-yellow edges. There were 33 bars awarded, from Bali 1846 to Timor1942. Instituted in 1869 as a General Service Medal.

 

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HI Edward

 

thanks for your help , we do not have the original ribbon , hopefully I can buy a modern one  to go with the medal .

 

Thanks 

Dean 

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Messrs van Wielik in the Hague was the main supplier of Dutch decorations (I remember being sent there as a teenager for some button-hole decorations for my father), but sadly they closed in 2018.

Apparently Messrs Voortman is their successor? https://www.voortmanonderscheidingen.nl/contact/

 

and there's also https://www.vanwilik.nl/contact/      (Similarity of the surnames is no coincidence I think). They do ribbons as well.

 

None of these two firms have an English-language version of their website, so best to send them a message.

Best to include in your message to them this Wikipedia page

https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ereteken_voor_Belangrijke_Krijgsbedrijven

so they know what ribbon you want.

 

Also: the medal is made of "Alpaca" aka "Berlin silver"  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel_silver

and I *think* it was only awarded to Dutch soldiers engaged in the Dutch East Indies (and Dutch Guinea)

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morning JWK 

many thanks for your help , I will have a look at the websites etc , looks like this medal may just be a ' souvenir' as far as I know we have no relatives of Dutch origins , but 

you never know , I will ask ! 

 

Dean

 

 

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