General Service Medal 1918-62

The General Service Medal 1918-62 was instituted in 1923 as a general service medal similar to the Naval General Service Medal 1915-1962 and to be awarded for minor conflicts for which no other specific campaign medal is awarded. The medal is always issued with a clasp denoting the area or purpose of operations. Subsequent service is recognised by the award of further clasps to be worn on the original medal.

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

The reverse bears a figure of Victory with a trident in her left hand and a wreath in her right. Directly below the wreath is a winged sun above a sword, vertically aligned with the tip pointing towards the base of the medal.

The ribbon is purple with a central dark green stripe.

The following clasps have been issued for the medal:

  • S. Persia
  • Kurdistan
  • Iraq
  • N.W. Persia
  • Southern Desert, Iraq
  • Northern Kurdistan
  • Palestine
  • Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945-49
  • Palestine 1945-48
  • Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945-56
  • Malaya
  • S.E. Asia 1945-46
  • Cyprus
  • Near East
  • Arabian Peninsula
  • Brunei

Members mentioned in despatches for operations recognised by the General Service Medal 1918-62 after 11 August 1920 were approved to wear a bronze oak leaf on the medal ribbon.