Boer War, "The Absent Minded Beggar" medal 1900, white metal, by Spink
Obv: Standing figure of "the Gentleman in Khaki", rifle at the ready, THE NATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL 1899-1900 around
Rev: Union Jack around laurel, shamrock, rose and thistle, legend in field
References: BHM 3680; E 1851
Notes: This medal was sold by Spink & Son for two shillings each, to raise money for the Daily Mail Kipling Poem War Fund. This aimed to assist those who were widowed and orphaned as a result of the South African war. The "Gentleman in Kharki" depicted was from a painting by Richard Caton Woodville, and inspired the poem "The Absent Minded Beggar" by Rudyard Kipling.