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Maybe it was the "other" kind of grass that the officers dipped into 2014.gif

Grass cutter is a scarce rank but they do turn up, they were an essential part of the S&T providing fodder for horses, mules and camels a much rarer rank (and I have seen one on a bronze PF and Malkand) is a Grass Mule attendant (probably stopped the blighters eating themselves to death)

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As promised earlier in the thread:

4. Instituted 22nd December 1853 after the Pegu campaign - with a recommendation being approved three months later to issue further bars for the same medal for any future campaigns and actions. Titled the "India General Service Medal" but the geographical range covered by this medal is much larger, including Persia and Malaya.

Description: 36mm diameter silver or bronze. Obverse - the diademed head of Queen Victoria and the legend "VICTORIA REGINA". Reverse depicts the winged figure of Victory crowning a seated warrior with a wreath.

Naming : Generally early issues impressed - later engraved.

Ribbon: red, with two dark blue stripes.

Bars: twenty four, see below for details.

PEGU

PERSIA

NORTH WEST FRONTIER

UMBEYLA

BHOOTAN

LOOSHAI

PERAK

NAGA 1879 - 80

JOWAKI 1877-8

BURMA 1885-7

SIKKIM 1888

HAZARA 1888

BURMA 1887-89

BURMA 1887-9

CHIN LUSHAI 1889-90

SAMANA 1891

HAZARA 1891

HUNZA 1891

N.E. FRONTIER 1891

BURMA 1889 - 92

LUSHAI 1889 - 92

CHIN HILLS 1892 - 93

KACHIN HILLS 1892 - 93

WAZIRISTAN 1894-5

This example is Named (Impressed to 1968 Private A.J. ROUST of the 4th Rifle Brigade. He was entitled to the IGSM 1854-95 w/ JOWAKI 1877-8 Clasp. He was also involved shortly afterward in the 2nd Afghan War earning the "Ali Musjid" Clasp.

As for the IGSM with this JOWAKI Clasp, the naming style is correct:

JOWAKI 1877-8

8th November 1877 - 19th January 1878

Impressed serif capitals

The later medals with Clasps were usually "script" engraved to British Troops.

Obverse:

Edited by Darrell

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Another IGSM 1908-1935 medal. This one is the Type 2 George V crowned, in coronation robes - GEORGIVS KISAR-I-HIND.

This one attributed to LIEUT D.L. CROMBIE, 104 RFLS.

C/w Waziristan 1919-21 and Waziristan 1921-24 Clasps.

Obverse:

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