The India General Service Medal (1854) roll

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The India General Service Medal (1854 IGSM) was a campaign medal approved in 1854, for issue to officers and men of the British and Indian armies.
The 1854 IGSM was approved on 1 March 1854. It was awarded for various minor military campaigns in India, during 1852 to 1895. Each battle or action covered by the medal was represented by a clasp on the ribbon; 24 were sanctioned, the maximum awarded to one man is thought to be seven.
The medal was never issued without a clasp.
The medal was initially awarded in silver to all ranks, regardless of race or branch of service. However, starting from 1885 (with the Burma 1885–7 bar) both medal and clasp were issued in bronze to native support personnel such as bearers, sweepers, and drivers.

Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Number
  • Regiment
  • Battalion
  • Clasps Received some records also contain information on casualties

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: 1854 - India General Svc Medal - Clasp PEGU - ADM171/17 - 53pp
1854 - India General Svc Medal - Clasp PERAK - ADM171/39 - 39pp
1854 - India General Svc Medal - Clasp BURMA 1885-87 - ADM171/44 - 10pp

This dataset is part of a larger collection:

The ‘Justmedals’ Victorian and 19th Century medal rolls
Licensed exclusively to us - a significant work of medal rolls from the ‘justmedals collection’.
These cover the Victorian and late 19th century of conflict including both Army and Navy campaign medals.
It is important to note that it wasn’t until 1815 with the Waterloo medal that campaign medals were routinely given to anyone other than commissioned officers, therefore the medals shown in these various databases are some of the earliest recorded for ‘other ranks’ and are therefore very significant.

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