Kabul to Kandahar Star

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Kabul to Kandahar Star
Kabul to Kandahar Star obverse.jpgKabul to Kandahar Star reverse.jpg
Obverse and reverse of the medal
Awarded by UK
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility British and British Indian Army
Awarded for Campaign Service
Campaign(s) Relief of Kandahar, 9–31 August 1880
Established 1882
Related Afghanistan Medal (United Kingdom)
Kabul to Kandahar Star ribbon.png
Ribbon bar of the medal[1]

The Kabul to Kandahar Star, also known as the Roberts Star or Kandahar Bronze Star was awarded to those British and Indian troops who participated in the 320 mile march from Kabul to Kandahar in Afghanistan between 9–31 August 1880, under the command of General Frederick Roberts.[2]

An episode of the Second Afghan War, the march took place to relieve Kandahar, where a British force was being besieged by an Afghan force. On reaching Kandahar, Roberts decisively beat the Afghans on 1 September 1880 at the Battle of Kandahar and lifted the siege. The war was concluded soon after.[3]

The medal was always awarded with the Afghanistan Medal, usually with the 'Kandahar' bar.[1]


The medal is a bronze five-pointed star 62mm high and 48mm wide, suspended by the Imperial Crown. It is was made from guns captured at the Battle of Kandahar.[4]

Obverse: in the middle is the royal monogram VRI, surrounded by the text "Kabul to Kandahar 1880".

Reverse: plain with a hollow centre, with the name of the recipient around the edge.


  1. ^ a b Joslin, Litherland and Simpkin. British Battles and Medals. p. 157. Published Spink, London. 1988. 
  2. ^ United Kingdom: Kabul to Kandahar Star, Medals of the World, accessed 28 December 2010
  3. ^ Wilkinson-Latham, Robert (1998) [1977]. North-West Frontier 1837–1947. London: Osprey Publishing. pp. 16–17. ISBN 0-85045-275-9. 
  4. ^ H. Taprell Dorling. Ribbons and Medals. p. 67. Published A. H. Baldwin & Son, London. 1956.