India Medal

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India Medal
India Medal 1895-1902 (Obverse).jpgIndia Medal 1895-1902 (Reverse).jpg
Awarded by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility British and Indian forces.
Awarded for Campaign service.
Campaign(s) 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
India Medal BAR.svg
Ribbon bar


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 medal was awarded in silver to soldiers of the British and Indian armies, and in bronze to native bearers and servants.[3]

The obverse shows the profile of Queen Victoria or, for those awarded the medal with the Waziristan 1901-02 clasp, King Edward VII. The reverse portrays a British and an Indian soldier together carrying a standard with the inscription "India 1895", although the Edward VII version omits the date.[3] The 1.25 inches (32 mm) wide ribbon had five equal stripes of red, green, red, green, red.[4]

Clasps[edit]

The following clasps were issued with the medal:

3 March - 13 April 1895
7 March - 15 August 1895
  • Punjab Frontier 1897-98
10 June 1897 -- 6 April 1898
26 July - 2 August 1897 (Awarded to troops involved in the Siege of Malakand.)
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. ^ a b John W. Mussell, editor. Medal Yearbook 2015. p. 158. Published Token Publishing Limited, Honiton, Devon. 2015. 
  4. ^ Barthorp, p. 178
  5. ^ Joslin, Litherland and Simpkin. British Battles and Medals. p. 177. Published Spink, London. 1988. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Barthorp, Michael. 2002. Afghan Wars and the North-West Frontier 1839-1947 Cassell. ISBN 0-304-36294-8
  • Joslin, Litherland, and Simpkin (eds), British Battles and Medals, (1988), Spink
  • Mackay, J. and Mussel, J. (eds) - Medals Yearbook - 2006, (2005), Token Publishing.
  • Mussell, John W. (ed) - Medals Yearbook - 2015, Token Publishing.ISBN 978-1-908-828-16-3
  • Wilkinson-Latham, Robert. 1977. North-west Frontier 1837-1947 Osprey Publishing. ISBN 0-85045-275-9

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