The Delhi Durbar Medal 1911
This medal was issued to commemorate King George V's
Coronation Durbar celebration in British India, December 1911. A
total of 26,800 medals were awarded with a large number presented to
men and officers of British regiments, although it was not
universally awarded - only about 25% of those present at the Durbar
ended up with a medal.
Description; a silver medal1, 38.5mm diameter
with a swivelling ring suspender. Obverse: the crowned and conjoined
busts of King George V and Queen Mary, within a rose and laurel
wreath. Reverse: ( in Persian script) centrally: "Dehli 1911"
surrounded by " The Durbar of George V, Emperor of India, Master of
the British Lands"
Issued un-named, but occasionally
encountered unofficially named. Naming in our illustrated example is
somewhat spread out capitals, to; 5543 Cpl. L. S. Ring. X R. H.
(10th Royal Hussars). Corporal Ring's entitlement is verified via
the 1911 Delhi Durbar medal roll (9 officers and 121 other ranks
listed for the 10th Hussars).
1. A small number
were also struck in gold for award to Indian Princely rulers and the
highest ranking Government officials.
2. This would generally be described as "regimentally" or