India Medal

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India Medal
India Medal obv.jpgIndia Medal rev.jpg

India Medal BAR.svg
Awarded by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility British and Indian forces.
Awarded for Campaign service.
Campaign India 1895-1902.
Description Silver or bronze disk, 36mm diameter.
Clasps
  • Defence of Chitral 1895
  • Relief of Chitral 1895
  • Punjab Frontier 1897-98
  • Malakand 1897
  • Samana 1897
  • Tirah 1897-98
  • Waziristan 1901-02
Statistics
Established 1896
IGSChitral.JPG
Example of medal with Relief of Chitral clasp.


The India Medal was a campaign medal approved in 1896[1] for issue to officers and men of the British and Indian armies.

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.[2]

The ribbon pattern was red, green, red, green, red.[3] 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.

Clasps[edit]

The following clasps were issued with the medal:

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
2 October 1897 - 6 April 1898
  • Waziristan 1901-02
23 November 1901 - 10 March 1902

Obverse variations[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ Wilkinson-Latham, p. 22
  3. ^ Barthorp, p. 178

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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

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