Guyana Independence Medal

The Guyana Independence Medal was struck (Spink & Son Ltd.) in 1966 to commemorate the country’s independence on May 26, 1966. On the obverse is the coat of arms of Guyana; on the reverse is a map of Guyana circumscribed ‘INDEPENDENCE OF GUYANA 26 MAY 1966’. The colors on the ribbon are red central stripe flanked yellow, with green edges and narrow black edge stripe on right and light blue one on left. I don’t know how many people were recipients of this medal in 1966, but I do know that a former Assistant Commissioner of Police Ewart Neil Malcolm Isaacs was a recipient. Isaacs was in the same class at Queen’s College as Forbes Burnham. In fact, he always called Mr. Burnham by his QC nickname “Odo”. Senior Superintendent of Police Isaacs and Police Superintendent Deryck McLeod were on duty in Robb Street on February 16, 1962 in command of a police detachment when a shot rang out from the riotous mob. McLeod was fatally wounded.

Rishi Singh