Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa

Era: 2014 - Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa

Her Majesty the Queen approved a proposal on 24th April, 2015 for the Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa, known simply as the Ebola Medal.

The Ebola Medal is a service medal for issue to the Armed Forces, and civilians working either for Her Majesty’s Government or non-governmental organizations in support of the British Government’s response to the Ebola crisis that began in 2014.

The qualifying period for award of the medal is from 23rd March, 2014 until 29th March, 2016. The medal is awarded either for 21 days of continuous service within the operational area, or 30 days of accumulated service on working visits within the operational area.


Materials:   The majority of the British medals and clasps are made of solid silver, though some were issue in bronze versions, mainly to Indian non-combatants.  The majority of the British campaign awards are circular, usually 36mm in diameter.

Ribbons:    Medals are worn suspended from their own specific ribbons. These were first made of silk but cotton was increasingly used as the nineteenth century developed.  Their own colours often have a symbolic significance: the equal stripes of the ‘1939 to 1945 Star,’ for example, are dark blue to represent the service of the Royal and Merchant Navies, red, to represent that of the Armies and light blue to represent that of Air Forces.

Ribbon width can vary slightly though it is generally 32mm wide.

Ribbon: The ribbon consists of a central yellow stripe, flanked by blue and white stripes, and symmetrical red stripes flanked by green stripes either side. These represent the colours from the national flags of the countries in West Africa affected by Ebola.

Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa ribbon
Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa ribbon

Type: Service Medal

Eligibility: British Forces and Civilian personnel

Awarded for: Campaign service

Campaign: Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa

Established: 2015

Designer: John Bergdahl

Naming: Name and title if civilian; name and rank if military is engraved on the rim

Clasps: None

Suspender: Straight (Plain)

Description: A circular silver medal. The obverse has the legend ‘ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID.DEF.’ and the effigy of Elizabeth II wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara. The reverse features a flame on a background depicting the Ebola virus – above this are the words ‘FOR SERVICE’ and below ‘WEST AFRICA EBOLA EPIDEMIC’.


This guide will help you through all the parts and descriptions of military medals


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Some of the material on this page was also partially derived from

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