North West Canada Medal 1885

Pte William Murdoch infantry Batallion Winnipeg

Pte William Murdoch
infantry Batallion Winnipeg

Authorised by the Canadian Government on 18th September 1885 and awarded to those serving west of Thunder Bay, who took part in the suppression of Riel’s (second) Rebellion 1885.

The campaign was a consequence of the Canadian Government’s decision to open up the north-west territory to new settlers (which angered local indians + others). Louis Riel (leader of the 1869-70 revolt) led an uprising calling upon those of French descent, Indians and other dissatisfied parties to support his cause.  Riel made his main stand at Batoche in south-central Saskatchewan but was defeated on 12th may, captured 15th May, tried and then hung for treason.

North West Canada Medal Rev

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