Instituted on September 1903 the Royal West African Frontier Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medals were awarded to native NCO’s and other rank for 18 years exemplary service.
The Royal West African Frontier Force was a multi-battalion field force, formed by the British Colonial Office in 1900 to garrison the West African colonies of Nigeria, Gold Coast, Sierra Leone and Gambia.
The medal was discontinued when the unit was disbanded in 1960 as those colonies moved towards independence.
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 – Crimson & board green central stripe
Suspender - Straight
Type – Long service and good conduct medal
Eligibility – Members of the Royal West African Frontier Force
Awarded for – Long service and good conduct
Established – 1900
Description – silver medal 36mm diameter. The obverse shows the effigy of the reigning monarch while the reverse has on the centre four lines with the wording ‘FOR LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT’. Around the circumference is the wording ‘WEST ARRICAN FRONTIER FORCE’, the word ROYAL being added to the regimental title in June 1928.
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