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Naval General Service Medal 1915-62

The Naval General Service Medal 1915-62 was instituted in 1915 for service in minor Naval war-like operations. The medal is always issued with a clasp denoting the area of operations. Subsequent service is recognised by the award of further clasps to be worn on the original medal.

Design

The medal is cupro-nickel with the obverse having the effigy of the reigning sovereign at time of issue.

The reverse bears an image of ‘Britannia' in a chariot pulled by two sea-horses.

Ribbon

The ribbon has a wide white central stripe, flanked by two red pin-stripes, further flanked by two white stripes, which in turn are flanked by two red outer stripes.

Clasps

The following clasps have been issued for the medal:

  • Persian Gulf 1909-1914
  • Iraq 1919-1920
  • NW Persia 1919-1920
  • NW Persia 1920
  • Palestine 1936-1939
  • SE Asia 1945-46
  • Minesweeping 1945-51
  • Palestine 1945-48
  • Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945-53
  • Malaya
  • Yangtze 1949
  • Bomb and Mine Clearance, Mediterranean
  • Cyprus
  • Near East
  • Arabian Peninsula
  • Brunei

Oak Leaf

Members mentioned in despatches for operations recognised by the Naval General Service Medal 1915-62 after 11 August 1920 were approved to wear a bronze oak leaf on the medal ribbon.

Source Documents

Terms of Award for Service in Malaya [PDF]

Terms of Award for Service in Brunei [PDF]

Service in Parts of South-East Asia Command and Minesweeping Service - Amended [PDF]

Honours and Awards Manual

Chapter 24 Campaign Awards 1945-75

Application

Apply for the Naval General Service Medal 1915-62

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