Southern Rhodesia Medal for War Service

800px-Flag_of_Southern_RhodesiaInstituted in 1946 and only issued 1700 times.

This is the second rarest Commonwealth service medal to get hold of since the Rhodesians were not allowed to operate as a separate unit. Most of them were either drawn into South Africa units or British formations. If the former, then they were usually awarded the Africa Service Medal.

This medal was only awarded to those Rhodesians who were not eligible for any other stars or service medals. I have only seen a handful of these since I started collecting a decade ago. The most interesting was in a group with the BWM and Victory Medal for some bloke who had served in East Africa in the Great War and then did home service in WW2.

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