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LOT 285

Sold for (Inc. bp): £489

CANADA GS MEDAL - FENIAN RAID 1866 - TO PTE. M. LACEY RM, HMS HERRING (HMS HERON)
(Silver, 38.68 grams, 36 mm.).

1866-1870. With straight swivel suspension and ribbon. Obv: Victoria with VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX legend. Rev: Canadian flag in maple wreath with CANADA legend above. Edge: engraved Royal Navy style M. LACEY. PTE. R. M. H.M.S. HERRING (sic) legend. Clasps: with Fenian Raid 1866 bar. About extremely fine, some light contact marks. Rare to this ship and the error unusual.

LITERATURE:
BBM 80; MY 125(i).

FOOTNOTES:
The Fenian Raid of 1866 was the invasion of Canada on 31 May 1866 under John O’Neill, with actions fought at Ridgeway, Fort Erie and St Armand before they retreated back to the USA after 9 June. The medal was instituted by the Canadian government from 1899 to surviving participants, with clasps for the various actions. It should be noted that the Albacore class gunboat HMS Herring (launched 1856, broken up 1865) is not included in the list of ships taking part in the Raid but HMS Heron (launched 1860, broken up Jamaica 1881) and a sister gunboat, is listed with 11 recipients – presumably an error in naming on this medal.