Circular silver medal on replaced claw and fixed ribbon bar suspension with replaced ‘SOMALILAND 1902-04’ and ‘JIDBALLI’ clasps; the face with the head and shoulders portrait of King Edward VII in Field Marshal’s uniform facing left, circumscribed ‘EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR’ (Edward VII King Emperor); the reverse with the standing figure of Britannia, a trident in her right hand, her left arm extended with a parchment and a palm branch in her hand, a standing lion facing right behind her, a radiant rising sun in the distance to the right, inscribed ‘AFRICA’ below; attributed on the edge to ‘1083 PTE. NYAMBALU 2ND K.A.RIF.’; light contact marks; on replaced correct ribbon.
The Medal was instituted in 1902 to be awarded for minor actions where no specific campaign medal was awarded. Most recipients were local African troops with some detached and specialist European officers. The medal was discontinued in 1956.
The Somaliland 1902-04 clasp was awarded for participation in three expeditions against the Somali Dervish state of Sayy?d Muhammad `Abd All?h al-Hasan (the ‘Mad Mullah’) between 18 January 1902 and 11 May 1904 and the Jidballi clasp was awarded to those present at that battle in January 1904.
Private Nyambalu was from the village of Palombi in Mujanje District in southern Nyasaland (now Malawi) near the border with Mozambique. He joined the British Central Africa Rifles for a three year term aged 23 at Fort Lister on 4 November 1901 and was discharged on 15 February 1905. He joined the King's African Rifles Reserve Forces on 1 June 1907, again for a three year term.
Sold with a copy of his Attestations and of the medal roll showing entitlement to the medal and the two clasps.