Obverse (top left) and reverse (top right) of the medal. Ribbon: 32mm, dark blue with yellow stripes towards edges.
|Awarded by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|
|Eligibility||British and Honourable East India Company forces.|
|Awarded for||Campaign service.|
|Description||Silver disk, 36mm diameter.|
|Established||2 April 1849|
The Punjab Medal was a campaign medal approved in 1849, for issue to officers and men of the British Army and Honourable East India Company who served in the Punjab campaign of 1848-49 – operations which ended in the British annexation of the Punjab.
The medal was approved on 2 April 1849, authorised for all who served in the Punjab between 7 September 1848 and 14 March 1849. Three clasps were authorised, although no medals were awarded with all three clasps. No unit qualified for both the clasps Mooltan and Chilianwala. The medal was issued without a clasp to those units that were present in the Punjab but did not take part in fighting.
- 7 September 1848 – 22 January 1849. Awarded to troops engaged in the siege of Multan.
- 13 January 1849. Awarded to troops under the command of Lord Gough who engaged with the Sikh army of Sher Singh and Lal Singh near Chilianwala.
- 21 February 1849. Awarded to troops under the command of Lord Gough who defeated the Sikh army of Sher Singh at Gujerat.
- British Battles and Medals, p115
- British Battles and Medals, p116
- Mackay, J and Mussel, J (eds) – Medals Yearbook – 2005, (2004), Token Publishing.
- Joslin, Litherland, and Simpkin (eds), British Battles and Medals, (1988), Spink