Reward offered for silver Peking survivor medal

A reward is being offered for a one-of-a-kind silver medal cast for a survivor of the Battle of Peking in 1900.

It was stolen from a property in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire in January along with a number of other family medals from the Crimean War.

Auctioneer Oliver Pepys said the survivor medals were usually cast in bronze and sold for about £1,500.

But he said this was unique and could fetch up to £5,000.

The medal, which is about two inches in diameter, was struck for Charlotte Brent. She was a 60-year-old British woman who was visiting her son in Peking (now Beijing) in China when she got caught up in siege of the city in June 1900.

The 250 women and children trapped there were thought to be massacred by the Chinese forces, and the British Government was considering holding a memorial ceremony at St Paul's.

But Mrs Brent's husband insisted they waited to find out the truth, and after their liberation he organised for the survivors' medals to be made, giving a special silver version to his wife.

The medals were stolen from her great great granddaughter on 7 January.

The Crimean medals were given to Harry Woodfall Brent, who was a vice-admiral in the Royal Navy.

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