Naval General Service Medal (1915)

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Naval General Service Medal (1915)
Naval General Service Medal 1915-1962.pngNaval General Service Medal 1915-1962 reverse.png
Obverse (left) and reverse (right) of medal
and ribbon (bottom).
Awarded by United Kingdom and Commonwealth
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility Naval and Marine forces
Awarded for Campaign service.
Campaign Minor campaigns 1915–62.
Description Silver disk, 36mm diameter.
Clasps 17
Statistics
Established 6 August 1915
Last awarded 23 January 2014
Related General Service Medal (1918),
General Service Medal (1962)
Naval General Service Medal 1915 BAR.svg
Ribbon
Naval General Service Medal 1915 BAR MID.svg

Ribbon with oak leaf for Mentioned in Despatches (1920 onwards)

The Naval General Service Medal (1915 NGSM) was instituted in 1915 to recognise service by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in minor campaigns that would otherwise not earn a specific campaign medal. The Army/Air Force equivalent was the General Service Medal (1918). Both these medals were replaced by the General Service Medal in 1962.

Clasps[edit]

  • PERSIAN GULF 1909–14 – for operations against pirates, gun-runners and slavers.
  • IRAQ 1919–20 – for river gunboat service during the Arab Rebellion.
  • N.W. PERSIA 1920 – for service in the Naval Mission in the Caspian Sea.
  • PALESTINE 1936–39 – for service during the 'troubles.'
  • S.E. ASIA 1945-6 – for operations in Java, Sumatra and French Indochina.
  • MINESWEEPING 1945–51 – for 6 months' minesweeping in specified areas.
  • PALESTINE 1945–48 – for service during further 'troubles.'
  • MALAYA – for service in the Malaya and Singapore in the period during the state of emergency
  • YANGTZE 1949 – for the attack on HMS Amethyst and other vessels by Communist Chinese forces.
  • BOMB AND MINE CLEARANCE 1945–46 – for operations in specified areas.
  • BOMB AND MINE CLEARANCE 1945–53 – for operations in specified areas.
  • BOMB AND MINE CLEARANCE MEDITERRANEAN – for operations in the Mediterranean (mostly Valletta harbour)
  • CANAL ZONE – for service in the Suez Canal Zone between October 1951 and October 1954. (Authorised 2003)
  • CYPRUS – for EOKA operations, 1955–59.
  • NEAR EAST – for operations on the Suez Canal, 1956.
  • ARABIAN PENINSULAR – 1957–60 – for service against dissidents and cross-border raids
  • BRUNEI – for service in Brunei, North Borneo and Sarawak, December 1962.

Description[edit]

  • The medal is silver, 36mm in diameter. The obverse bears the image of three successive Sovereigns, King George V, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The reverse shows a mounted figure of Brittania in a chariot pulled by two sea-horses.
  • The ribbon is crimson-coloured with three white stripes.

Obverse variations[edit]

References[edit]