|Awarded by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|
|Eligibility||British and Indian forces.|
|Awarded for||Campaign service.|
|Description||Silver or bronze disk, 36mm diameter.|
Example of medal with Relief of Chitral clasp.
The India Medal was awarded for various minor military campaigns in India, chiefly for service on the North-West Frontier during 1895 to 1902. This medal replaced the India General Service Medal (1854). Each campaign was represented by a clasp on the ribbon; seven were sanctioned.
The ribbon pattern was red, green, red, green, red. Whilst the obverse of the medal itself held the profile of Queen Victoria, or, after January 22, 1901, King Edward VII, the reverse portrayed a British and an Indian soldier carrying a standard together.
The following clasps were issued with the medal:
- Defence of Chitral 1895
- 3 March - 13 April 1895
- Relief of Chitral 1895
- 7 March - 15 August 1895
- Punjab Frontier 1897-98
- 10 June 1897 -- 6 April 1898
- Malakand 1897
- 26 July - 2 August 1897 (Awarded to troops involved in the Siege of Malakand.)
- Samana 1897
- 2 August - 2 October 1897
- Tirah 1897-98
- 2 October 1897 - 6 April 1898
- Waziristan 1901-02
- 23 November 1901 - 10 March 1902
References and notes
- Army Order dated 1 April 1896 approved the 'India Medal 1895' with two bars: 'Defence of Chitral 1895' and 'Relief of Chitral 1895'. see British Battles and Medals, p. 177
- Wilkinson-Latham, p. 22
- Barthorp, p. 178
- Barthorp, Michael. 2002. Afghan Wars and the North-West Frontier 1839-1947 Cassell. ISBN 0-304-36294-8
- Mackay, J. and Mussel, J. (eds) - Medals Yearbook - 2006, (2005), Token Publishing.
- Joslin, Litherland, and Simpkin (eds), British Battles and Medals, (1988), Spink
- Wilkinson-Latham, Robert. 1977. North-west Frontier 1837-1947 Osprey Publishing. ISBN 0-85045-275-9
- Victorian Medals Indian General Service Medal 1895 - 1908 retrieved June 4, 2007