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Order of the Striped Tiger - To be Auctioned


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Came across this interesting article:

A medal awarded to a courageous Presbyterian missionary is to be auctioned in Hong Kong later this week.

The silver-gilt and enamel Order of the Striped Tiger decoration was awarded to Dr Frederick O'Neill for his work as chaplain to the Chinese Labour Corps in France during World War I.

Dr O'Neill, a native of Dungannon, County Tyrone, was 27 when he was sent by the Irish Presbyterian Church to Manchuria in north-east China in 1897.

He and his wife, also a Presbyterian missionary, were to survive several periods of conflict during their stay in the country.

In 1917 he was attached by the YMCA to the Chinese Labour Corps, whose members were recruited by the British government and sent to France to support troops by carrying out manual labour tasks.

It was on his return to China after the war that he was awarded the Order of the Striped Tiger.

Dr O'Neill retired to east Belfast where he died, aged 82, in 1952.

His Order of the Striped Tiger decoration will be auctioned in Hong Kong on Thursday by numismatist specialists Baldwins.

It is estimated to fetch US $5,000-$6,000.

Read the complete article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-14615360

Jean-Paul

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Thanks for putting this up Jean-Paul. A very interesting Order and recipient indeed.

I couldn't help also looking at some of the Chinese coins they had on offer - including a gold coin marking the inauguration of 'Emperor' Yuan Shi-Kai!

On a general point, do any members aware if the same cultural export restrictions for China apply to the Hong Kong SAR?

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Does anyone recall what class this award was?

Richard

Dear Richard,

in posts 45-50 you can see the whole family + order (5th class) + box

http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/54283-striped-tigers-and-their-marks/page__st__40

Regards,

Nick

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