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RARE – Royal Niger Company medal (in silver) – Royal Niger Company official

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RARE – Royal Niger Company medal (in silver) – to a Royal Niger Company official.

Royal Niger Company medal, clasp Nigeria 1886-1897, A. Herman.

A rare silver example to a civilian working for the Royal Niger Company.

An 1895 newspaper, reporting the attack on the RNC depot, states that Herman was the Beachmaster at Akassa where the massacre took place which precipitated the “Brass River 1895” campaign.

He does not appear on the East and West Africa roll for the medal, so this Niger Coy. award must represent his reward for participation.

Akassa was THE major Niger Delta port for the RNC’s activities and the role of Beachmaster must have been (to say the least) very responsible and very busy!

Extract from the Punitive Expeditions of the Royal Niger Constabulary:

Akassa January 4th to February 7th 1895.  The Delta Patrol, consisting of Sub Commandant Carr, 31 NCO’s and men with one 7 pounder and one machine gun on board the SS Kuka proceeded on the 30th January to the relief of Akassa which station had been raided by the natives of Brass the day before. Messrs Drew, Herman, Main Stirling, Ireland and White accompanied the patrol which landed at Akassa the same day.  There it was found that nearly the whole of the stores, furniture and private property had been either removed of destroyed and some twelve headless bodies of the company’s native employees were discovered in different places and buried.

Delta: March 1895: Between the 8th and 29th the following were employed in punishing the inhabitants of certain towns and villages in the Delta for having taken part in the looting of Akassa Station – Sub Commadants Carr, Gaine, Widdecomne and Johns, including Herman.

The following were the towns and villages destroyed; On the 8th Kaiama, 13th Big guns town, 15th several villages near Akassa Bar, 27th Promobri.

Mr Herman’s medal was forwarded to C/O The Dock Board, Brunswick Dock, Liverpool on the 4th September 1900 by registered post.

With photocopied 3 page hand written account of the actions, and copy of medal roll page listing Herman.

Condition – VF, with a couple of small edge nicks.