Cross for Bravery and Loyalty, (in bronze, with Javanese inscription)
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The Cross for Bravery and Loyalty was established by Royal Decree in 1898 and replaced the Medal for Bravery and Loyalty. It was discontinued in 1927 when it became acceptable to award the Military Order of William to native military personnel.
The Cross was awarded to native military personnel in the Dutch East Indies for meritorious service and acts of courage and bravery. The Silver Cross was awarded to recipients of the Bronze Cross for repeated meritorious citations.
There are two versions of the Bronze Cross that differ in inscription. The first version has a reverse inscription in Javanese, and the second version has a reverse inscription in Malay. Both translate to “Royal Tribute.” The obverse inscription of each version appears in Dutch and translates to "For Bravery and Loyalty.”
A total of 262 Bronze Crosses were awarded.
Many veterans lost their decorations during the course of the Second World War and replacements were issued in the aftermath. This re-strike is easily recognised by the lack of crown.
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