Circular silver medal on swivel ribbon bar with ‘FENIAN RAID 1866’ clasp; the face with the veiled head and shoulders portrait of Queen Victoria facing left, circumscribed ‘VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX’ (Victoria Queen and Empress), signed ‘T.B.’ (for the sculptor Sir Thomas Brock KCB, RA, 1847-1922 whose most famous works include the statue of Prince Albert for the Albert Memorial at Kensington and the Imperial Memorial to Queen Victoria in front of Buckingham Palace); the reverse with the then Canadian flag within a wreath of maple leaves, inscribed ‘CANADA’ above; attributed on the edge to ‘Pte. R. Donaghy. 4th Chasseurs’; on replaced correct ribbon, a small pinhole at the top.
The Medal was instituted by the Canadian government as late as January 1899 to be awarded to the Canadian and British forces that had confronted the Fenian and Red River raids of 1866 and 1870.
The Canadian Chasseurs (Chasseurs Canadiens), a Volunteer Militia unit, was raised in November 1861 by Judge Michel Coursol, a leading Montreal jurist who led them against the Fenian Raids of 1866 by Irish Republicans based in the U.S.A., many of them former Union soldiers in the American Civil War. It is interesting to note someone with an Irish surname serving with a predominantly French-Canadian unit and in action against Irish Republicans on Canadian soil.
The entitlement of Private Richard Donaghy to the medal and the 1866 clasp is confirmed.