India General Service Medal 1936 -1939

   Instituted 3rd August 1938 and awarded to all officers and men, authorised public and private followers and civilian personnel borne on the strength of a unit or formation, and to police and other civilian personnel who rendered full time active service employed in military operations in, or on the frontier of India.
     Description; 36mm diameter in silver1. Obverse; The crowned head of King George VI and the legend; GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP:  Reverse; A Tiger symbolically bridging a mountain pass, with the word INDIA above.
Bars issued; (2) North West Frontier 1936-37 and North West Frontier 1937-39 (the medal could not be awarded without a bar)
Geographic limits of service for the two clasps issued with this medal are officially defined via;  AO 168 of 1938 for the first clasp - and AO 217 of 1940 for the second. (see link below ) 2.
Naming; impressed in sans serif capitals, several different sizes are found. Also issued with engraved naming to the RAF.
Ribbon; a red bordered, wide khaki central stripe with green edge stripes.


 1.   The medal was struck in Britain at the Royal mint and in India at the Calcutta mint- this has resulted in two slightly different versions - the two notable features are that the Indian issue claw is plain where on the British striking it is ornate, and the Indian medals are struck on a thicker flan. Generally the medal is issued with a swivelling suspender, apart form the British issue single clasp NWF 37-39 which were awarded in the UK after WWII with a fixed suspender.

 2.  Geographical limits for the clasps

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





India General Service Medal 1936



Above: Bar "North West Frontier 1937 - 39" named in impressed small sans-serif capitals.
  7323 Sepoy Bansi 3rd Battalion 17th Dogras ; Sepoy Bansi was a beach defender at Kota Bharu
when the Japanese launched their amphibious landings - which was the first act in their
invasion of  Malaya,  8th December 1941.  The 3/17th Dogras fought tenaciously clinging to their positions
 basically to the last man. Sepoy Bansi was killed in the defence and he is commemorated on the
 Singapore Memorial. (Interesting to note this attack began 90 minutes before the attack on Pearl Harbour.)


Bar; "North West Frontier 1937 -39" to:  6582  Bugler Hakim Khan  4 -13 F. F. Rif.
Impressed style slightly larger than the first.


Bar "North West Frontier 1936-37" to: 7883656 Pte. R. E. Arthur R. Tank C.
British striking issued to a Private in the Royal Tank Corps. Note the thinner flan.


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