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Suez Canal Zone Medal
Suez Canal Zone Medal

The Suez Canal Zone Commemorative Medal marks the service of participants and support personnel in the Suez Canal Zone, the longest canal in the world without locks, between 1945 and 1957.

  • Item Code
  • SZFM
  • Price
  • £45.00
Type
Eligibility
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Personalisation
Gilt Finish Medal Clasp 1

Gilt Finish Medal Clasp 1

£8.50

Gilt Finish Medal Clasp 2

Gilt Finish Medal Clasp 2

£8.50

Gilt Finish Medal Clasp 3

Gilt Finish Medal Clasp 3

£8.50

Personalised Blue Medal Case

Personalised Blue Medal Case

£10.50

Personalised Blue Presentation Case

Personalised Blue Presentation Case

£14.50

Plain Blue Medal Case

Plain Blue Medal Case

£6.50
Blue Presentation Case

Blue Presentation Case

£10.50
Accessories
Full-Size Ribbon Brooch Bar

Full-Size Ribbon Brooch Bar

£5.50
SUEZ MEDAL RIBBON FULL SIZE

SUEZ MEDAL RIBBON FULL SIZE

£2.50
Suez Canal Zone Miniature Ribbon

Suez Canal Zone Miniature Ribbon

£2.50
Suez Canal Zone Tie

Suez Canal Zone Tie

£16.50
Description

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OBVERSE

The obverse feature the Sphinx overlooking the waters of the canal and holding a chain between the outstretched legs, symbolising the blockade. On either side of the design are the words ‘Suez Canal’ with the dates 1951-54 and 1956-57, which represent the two most recent periods of unrest and conflict.

REVERSE

The reverse features the papyrus grass, otherwise called the paper plant. The glass-like aquatic, cultivated in the Nile region of Egypt, was harvested for its properties, which were pressed and dried to form a smooth, thin writing surface. To the left of the flower are the words: ‘To mark service in the Canal Zone.’

RIBBON

The narrow red, white and blue stripes on the edge of the ribbon represent the involvement of the British and French forces bordering the sand of the desert and in the centre the canal. The exclusively designed woven ribbon is fitted to a uniquely created medal suspender in the form of Pharaonic wings. This medal is supplied on a concealed single pin, ready to wear.

History

History

This commemorative medal marks the service of participants and support personnel in the Suez Canal Zone between 1945 and 1957.

The Suez Canal revolutionised the trade route from Europe to Asia, which is why it has been the focus of international interest for centuries. It has seen much conflict and been owned by many rulers and kings but only now that trade depends so heavily on it, do all eyes fall on it to ensure it doesn’t run into disrepair or another crisis.

Although British troops had been in the canal zone since 1945, one of the most recent and significant crises which involved British and French forces in the area came in 1951 when Egypt renounced its 1936 treaty with Britain and British troops took control of the canal. In 1954 Egypt and Britain signed an agreement, suspending the 1936 treaty that provided for the withdrawal of all troops.

In June 1956 Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt and he nationalised the Suez Canal resulting in what became known as The Suez Crisis, which saw Britain and France returning to the Canal Zone.

It is to mark such service that the Suez Canal Zone Medal was introduced.

Eligibility

Eligibility

The Suez Canal Zone Commemorative Medal is available to all veterans who served in the Canal Zone between 1945 until 1957, their next of kin or direct descendants.
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