Afghanistan Medal

   Instituted 19th March 1881 for award to those who served in the Second Afghan War 1878 -1880.
Description:  36mm diameter in silver with a swivelling suspension. Obverse; The veiled and crowned head of Queen Victoria and the legend : VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX . Reverse depicts an army column lead by an elephant passing a hill fort. The word AFGHANISTAN is around the perimeter and the dates 1878 - 79 - 80 are in exergue.
Naming: generally engraved in upright or sloping serif capitals. Also found in running script or impressed serif capitals to Indian units.
Bars; six issued as follows, (with action dates).

ALI MUSJID (21st November 1878)

PEIWAR KOTAL (2nd December 1878)

CHARASIA (6th October 1879)

KABUL (10th - 23rd December 1879)

AHMED KHEL (19th April 1880)

KANDAHAR (1st September 1880)

Ribbon: green with red edge stripes.

(Also see: Medals of the Regiments for qualification by regiment for British Infantry and Cavalry units.)



Afghanistan Medal 1878

Second Afghan War Medal


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