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Medal

Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance)
Materials: Unknown
Dimensions: 38mm (width), 106mm (height), 10mm (depth); 115mm (width), 30mm (height), 88mm (length)
Date: 1914-1916
Ref no: Y: 74/1/3

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).

Physical 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.

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