The War Memorial has announced that they’re taking delivery tomorrow of some rather rare Australian medals from the Sudan War of 1885:
The Australian War Memorial will tomorrow receive a donation of two medals awarded to Private Charles Edward Downey, one of only three Australians wounded in the Sudan War of 1885.
“During the four months of New South Wales involvement in the Sudan War, Downey was one of only three men wounded, being shot through his foot during a minor skirmish. This makes today’s donation particularly significant for the Memorial in telling the story of Australian involvement in the Sudan War.
The Egypt Medal and Khedive’s Star were awarded to Private Downey to commemorate his service with D Company of the New South Wales Sudan Contingent.
No Australian soldiers were killed in action in Sudan, although nine died of disease.