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General Service Medal 1918 - 1962

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3. This example is the GVI (Type 3) medal with PALESTINE Clasp. This medal is engraved along the rim in to 35979 SGT. T.W. KEITH. R.A.F.

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4. This example is the GVI (Type 4) medal with PALESTINE 1945-48 Clasp. This medal is impressed along the rim in to 14466558 PTE. W. BRADLEY. R. WARWICK.

Obverse:

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Something slightly different - a three bar GSM SE Asia 1945-46 Canal Zone Near East - part of a large group to a Major Indian Army, later British Army

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Another GSM with a slightly unusual bar combination Iraq and Southern Desert Iraq

The Southern Desert Iraq bar was primarily awarded to the RAF.

This particular recipient served in the Machine Gun Corps in WWI (BWM & Victory Medal). He then served in Iraq with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (GSM and bar Iraq). He then transferred to the RAF (bar Southern Desert Iraq - which is loose on medal). He continued to serve with the RAF in India (India General Service Medal bar North West Frontier 1930-31).

Note that unlike most other medals, the early issues of the GSM 1918 have no raised rim. This would normally help reduce contact damage from other medals and so if the GSM is worn extensively with other medals it tends to get more knocks and wear damage. This example is particularly badly worn.

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