Naval General Service Medal 1793 - 1840 with bar The Potomac 17 Aug. 1814
Awarded to: GEORGE WARD COLE , MASTER'S MATE,
The Naval General Service medal was introduced in 1848 with the intention that surviving naval personel from battles which occurred between 1793 and 1815 would be eligible. The dates were later extended to actions up until 1840 and it was decided that, if an applicant died between the date of application for the medal and its issue, their medal would be awarded to their next-of-kin. The closing date for application was 1 May 1851. 231 bars were sanctioned for this medal (although there were no applicants for ten of these).
This bar was awarded for the destruction of American ships some fifty miles up the Potomac river.
George Ward Cole, after he left the navy eventually settled in Melbourne where he built the important Cole's Wharf.
A round silver medal issued ribbon and one bar - The Potomac 17 Aug. 1814. The obverse features a diademed head of Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA REGINA; below, 1848. The artists name, W. WYON R.A. is in small letters on the neck truncation. The reverse depicts Britannia holding a trident and olive branch seated sideways on a hippocamp - a mythological animal, half horse and half fish.
A round silver medal issued as a specimen without the mount for a ribbon. The obverse features a diasdemed head of Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA REGINA; below, 1848. The artists name, W. WYON R.A. is in small letters on the neck truncation.
Britannia holding a trident and olive branch seated sideways on a hippocamp - a mythological animal, half horse and half fish.
GEORGE WARD COLE , MASTER'S MATE,
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
VICTORIA REGINA 1848 W. WYON R.A. The Potomac 17 Aug. 1814
Type of item
50 mm (Height)
Height to top of bars
Round with loop, bar and ribbon
[Book] Joslin, E C., et al. 1988. British Battles and Medals., 33 - 63, esp 56 Pages