MEDAL OF MERIT, AWARDED BY LORD RAWDON
Abstract of article: (author?), "(title?)", The Numismatist, September 1971,, p.1279
- Medal is held in the National Museum of Ireland.
- This is one of two medals known to have been awarded by British commanders for bravery during the Revolutionary War.
- The hand-engraving is considered unique and was probably done by a British or loyalist soldier in Camden.
- The front of the medal reads: "Conferr'd by Col. Lord Rawdon upon Sergeant Hudson for bravery in the battle fought near Camden on the 16 of August, 1780."
- The back of the medal shows an Irish harp and two laurel branches. Scrolls read "Concitat ad Arma" ("Citizens to Arms") and "Volunteers of Ireland".
- The medal is made of silver and is 35 mm in diameter. An eyelet at the top allowed it to be suspended from a ribbon.
- The act for which the medal was awarded is not known, but that typical for medals of this nature at that time were usually for saving the regimental colors.
- Article given as one of the sources: Oliver Snoddy, "The Volunteers of Ireland", The Irish Sword, The Journal of the Military History Society of Ireland, Vol. VII, Winter 1965.