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Medal for Campaigns in Central Asia 1853-1895


Bill Harris
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Is anyone able to shed some light on the campaigns that this medal was issued for? The other medals for central Asian campaigns (Kokand, Khiva, Geok-Tepe) are all pretty specific regarding the operations they commemorate. I find this one more mysterious.

The North West Frontier clasp for the British India General Service Medal of 1854 is an interesting parallel: a single award that covered numerous campaigns over a long period of time. There is, however, an easily accessible list of actions which merited the award of the clasp. Does any similar list exist for this Russian medal?

Bill

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The medal instituted in July 1896 covers various campaigns from 1853-95 alas there is no indication that I can find whether it was awarded for campaigns not previously recognised or was a standard veterans award. 20,000 silver and 10,000 bronze medals issued

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Original regulation

Silver medals were awarded to

Все военные, как сторевые, так и нестроевые, волонтёры, участвовавшие в каких-либо военных походах и экспедициях в Средней Азии с 1853 по 1895 год и побывавшие при этом в боевых действиях, вооружённых столкновениях и т. д.;
Врачи, санитары, сёстры милосердия, прочие медицинские работники, участвовавшие в тех же походах и экспедициях и исполнявшие свои обязанности в тех же боевых условиях.
Mедработники, проходившие военную службу, так же как и относившиеся к Российскому обществу Красного креста;
Священники, если они участвовали в тех же походах и экспедициях и исполняли свои обязанности в тех же боевых условиях.

Bronze medals were awarded to

Все военные и ополченцы, участвовавшие в каких-либо военных походах и экспедициях в Средней Азии с 1853 по 1895 год и не побывавшие в бою;
Врачи, санитары, сёстры милосердия, прочие медицинские работники, участвовавшие в тех же походах и экспедициях.
Награждались медработники, проходившие военную службу, так же как и относившиеся к Российскому обществу Красного креста;
Священники, если они участвовали в тех же походах и экспедициях;
Все военные и гражданские чины, прикомандированные или состоявшие при войсках или ополчениях, участвовавших в тех же походах и экспедициях;
Волонтёры, вольнонаёмные работники, проявившие военные отличия в тех же походах и экспедициях;
Лица всех сословий, оказавшие какие-либо заслуги в тех же походах и экспедициях.
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