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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection




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Accession no.: Y: 74/1/3
Object name: Medal
Title: Medal
Description: A bronze Albert Medal 2nd Class (Land), with a red case, awarded to Ernest E.M. Joyce ‘for gallantry in saving and endeavouring to save life in the Antarctic 1915-1916’ during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance).
Classified name:
SPRI theme medals
Current place name
UDC 737.2
Geographic UDC (*7) + (*726.12) + (*826)
Getty AAT medals
Number of items: 2
Full description:

medal and ribbon: An oval medal (57mm high x 32mm wide) in bronze. The obverse consists of a red enamelled background with a monogram of the letters ‘VA’ (Victoria and Albert) in the centre, and the words ‘FOR GALLANTRY IN SAVING LIFE ON LAND’ around the edge – both in metal. The reverse is of solid metal and is inscribed ‘PRESENTED // BY // HIS MAJESTY // TO // ERNEST EDWARD MILLS JOYCE // FOR GALLANTRY // IN SAVING AND // ENDEAVOURING TO SAVE LIFE // IN THE ANTARCTIC // 1915–1918’. The suspension is in the form of a metal crown which surmounts the medal, through which a metal ring is attached. The ribbon is dark red with two white stripes, and is 38mm wide. There is no pin for attaching the medal to the chest.

case: A rectangular case with a red leather covering, and metal clasp and hinges. The lid is decorated with gilt edging, a crown, and ‘G VI R’. The lid is lined with a red satiny textile, and the base is lined with a dark red velvety textile. A flap in the base folds out, enabling the medal’s ribbon to be stored behind. The base has a red ribbon to help lift the medal out of the case.

  • medal and ribbon: Width: 38mm, height: 106mm, depth: 10mm
  • case: Width: 115mm, height: 30mm, length: 88mm
Associated person(s):
  • : Joyce, Ernest Edward Mills (1915 - 1916)
Associated expedition(s):
  • : Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance) (1914 - 1916)
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