Metal Cross 1830-1831 volunteer
(Metalen Kruis 1830-1831 vrijwilliger)

 

Instituted 1831
Amount issued

> 10.000

Value category Below Average
Ribbon

After Napoleons defeat at Waterloo the major powers in Europe established new borders. Belgium merged with the Netherlands. A majority of the catholic Belgium people did not feel well being ruled bij the protestant Dutch. These emotions led to an uprise in 1830 which started after a play in the Theatre of Brussels. The uproar gained strength and King William mobilized armed forces and volunteers for a campaign against the "rebels". The campaign lasted 10 days (later reffered to as 10-days campaign) and was very successful. At Hasselt the "rebels" were defeated. The metal crosses, awarded after the campaign were welded out of two bronze canons, captured at Hasselt. This explains the other name for this award: "Hasselt Cross".

On the front a crowned "w" of the King. On the obverse: 1830-1831 "trouw aan koning (en) vaderland" (Loyalty to king and fatherland). The volunteers recieved the Metal Cross showing an additonal "vrIJwillig" or "vrYwillig" (volunteer) on the top of the reverse. The original ribbon was striped green-orange. Of most original ribbons the orange is faded to grey.