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“The Great War in Africa”

An Online Presentation by Christopher Mellor Hill

6.30pm Thursday 19 March 2021

Fighting in Africa during the First World War presented some very different challenges to those faced on the Western Front.  Christopher Mellor-Hill will give some insight into the operations across the German African colonies of Togoland, the Kamerun, German South West Africa and German East Africa.

He will highlight the exploits of Captain John Fitzhardinge Paul Butler VC, DSO, King’s Royal Rifle Corps who was awarded a Victoria Cross following actions in West Africa in 2014.  His medals are held at the Museum.


Christopher Mellor-Hill was born and raised in Zambia before returning to live permanently in the UK after secondary school education in England.  Following a 35 year career in the City he joined Dix Noonan Webb a leading firm specialising in coins, medals and militaria.  He is a keen medal enthusiast with worldwide connections and when OMRS closed down their London meetings in 1999he founded the London Medal Club a convivial monthly group now in its 20th year.  For several years he also hosted annual battlefield tours around the Western Front.  Christopher is a regular speaker at various Medal Societies and Conventions as well as other societies and retains a key interest in African related stories.  He particularly enjoys the opportunity of meeting fellow collectors to chat medals whilst on his regular travels around Britain and overseas in his role as DNW’s Head of Client Services.

If you wish to join this online talk please email the curator for information and the link:

curator@rgjmuseum.co.uk