Reunion Cross Fort Honswijk 1934
(Reunistenkruis Fort Honswijk)
First time issued 1934
Amount issued

1 Gold / 325 Bronze

Value category Unique / Rare
Ribbon

This medal is a privately designed and produced medal, not recognized by the Minister of Defence.

Defenders held a reunion on the 10th of May 1934. To commemarate this occasion this medal was issued

In the First World War The Netherlands took a neutral postion. To protect neutrality, a general mobilisation was ordered. Strategic positions were manned. Fort Honswijk, part of the Dutch Water Defense Line (Nederlandse Waterlinie) was manned as of 2nd of August 1914. After one full year of mobilisation, a ceremony was held to commemorate this event. A tree was planted with a fence around it and a shield with explanatory text was attached. All mobilized were honered with this commemmorative medal. Until the end of the war mobilization continued, without firing a shot from the fort. This period must have been very boring for all men stationed there. To fight this, a lot of events were organized, such as lectures, theatre and so on.

The Reunion Cross has incised and pearled edges and is on a laurel wreath. In the cut ends of the cross are four semicircular decorations. At the front there is the inscription "DUTY, DEDICATION, SELF-DENIAL, CAMARADERIE. ". In the middle is a medallion with the front of the gateway to the fort and the name "HONSWIJK" and on the back "WE MAINTAIN REUNIE 1934. The arms on the down side carry the text "TRIBUTE and THANKS FROM FORMER OCCUPATION 1914-1915 FORT HONSWIJK.". Gerritsen and Van Kempen in Zeist manufactured the decoration. It was to be worn on a Nassau blue with grey striped ribbon.

ON THE LEFT THE ONLY GOLD MEDAL ISSUED TO A. CAPTIJN, FORT COMMANDER

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