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Date Instituted

1810

Campaign

Peninsular War 1808-1814 and  War of 1812

Obverse

The cross patt’ee with a British lion standing in the centre, and on each of the four arms are the names of the first four battles of the Peninsular War that the recipient took part in.

Reverse

On each of the four arms are the names of the first four battles of the Peninsular War that the recipient took part in.

Size

38mm

Metal:

Gold

Naming

Unnamed

Clasps

A number of clasps were awarded for the fifth action onwards (the first four appear on the arm of the cross itself) that the recipient took part in.

25 – ROLEIA, 1808; VIMIERA, 1808; SAHAGUN, BENEVENTE, 1808-9; CORUNNA, 1809; MARTINQUE, 1809; TALAVERA, 1809; GUADALOUPE, 1910; BUSACO, 1810; BARROSA, 1811; FUENTES d’ONOR, 1811; ALBUHERA, 1811; JAVA, 1811; CIUDAD RODRIGO, 1812; BADAJOZ, 1812; SALAMANCA, 1812; FORT DETROIT, 1812; VITTORIA, 1813; PYRENEES, 1813; St. SEBASTIAN, 1813; CHATEAUGUARY, 1813; NIVELLE, 1813; CHRYSTLER`S FARM, 1813; NIVE, 1813; ORTHES, 1814; TOULOUSE, 1814;

Approx. Medals issued

63

Comments

It was granted to generals and officers of field rank in service for four or more battles of the Peninsular War. If the recipient took part in more than four battles then a clasp was fitted to the ribbon. Those who took part in less than four battles received the Army Gold Medal.

ARMY GOLD CROSS