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Union of South Africa Commemoration Medal
Union of South Africa Commemoration Medal (ribbon)
Ribbon of the medal
Awarded by Union of South Africa
Type Commemorative medal
Awarded for Commemorating the establishment of the Union of South Africa
Established 1910
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal[1]
Next (lower) Indian Independence Medal[1]

The Union of South Africa Commemoration Medal is a commemorative medal issued to mark the establishment of the Union of South Africa in 1910. It may be considered the first of many independence medals issued throughout the commonwealth.[2] The medal was awarded to military and civil leaders who took part in the ceremonies in establishing South Africa as a country.[3]


The obverse of the medal bears the effigy of King George V surrounded by the legend: GEORGIVS V BRITT:OMN:REX ET IND:IMP:. The reverse of the medal depicts a nude man forging a chain on an anvil surrounded by the names of the provinces. Around the edge is the inscription TO COMMEMORATE THE UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA.[4] The medal is attached with a claw suspension,[2] fitted with a ring and hangs from a blue ribbon with a broad orange border.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56878. p. 3353. 17 March 2003.
  2. 2.0 2.1 McCreery, Christopher. Commemorative medals of the Queen's reign in Canada, 1952-2012. Toronto: Dundurn Press. pp. 31, 40, 60. ISBN 9781459707566. 
  3. The Medal Collector. New York: Dodd Mead and Company. 1921. p. 249. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Union of South Africa Commemoration Medal". Royal Museums Greenwich. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 

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