General Service Medal 1918-62

SKU: 02.GBR.0244.101.01

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  • Silver Medal (with “S. PERSIA” clasp) (1918-1930) Obverse
  • Silver Medal (with “S. PERSIA” clasp) (1918-1930) Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Great Britain
  • date of institution
    1923
  • remarks
    The Silver Medal was designed by E. Carter Preston. It is uncertain which version the "BERLIN AIRLIFT" clasp is issued with and there may also be additional clasps associated with each version of the Silver Medal which are not featured here.

History


The General Service Medal was instituted by King George V by Army Order on January 23, 1923 as a contemporary award of the Naval General Service Medal. The Silver Medal was awarded to members of the military and royal air force in recognition of service in minor campaigns between 1918 and 1962 outside of campaigns in India and East, West, and Central Africa that were already recognized by the Africa or India General Service Medals.

The Silver Medal is never issued without a clasp, and there are 18 possible clasps which denote the campaign or theatre of war authorized for wear with the Medal:

1. “S. PERSIA”
2. “KURDISTAN”
3. “IRAQ”
4. “N.W. PERSIA”
5. “SOUTHERN DESERT IRAQ”
6. “NORTHERN KURDISTAN”
7. “PALESTINE”
8. “S.E. ASIA 1945-46”
9. “BOMB & MINE CLEARANCE 1945-49”
10. “BOMB & MINE CLEARANCE 1945-56”
11. “PALESTINE 1945-48”
12. “MALAYA”
13. “CYRPUS”
14. “NEAR EAST”
15. “ARABIAN PENINSULA”
16. “BRUNEI”
17. “CANAL ZONE”
18. “BERLIN AIRLIFT”

Additionally, Bronze Oak leaf clasps were awarded to recipients who received a mention in despatches.

There are 6 versions of the General Service Medal which differ by the effigy of the reigning monarch the time of issue. Only the "NORTHERN KURDISTAN" clasp is issued for wear with the "GEORGIVS V D G BRITT OMN REX ET INDIAE IMP" version. It is uncertain which clasps are worn with which versions. As such, only versions with associated images are featured.

A variety of different naming styles were used.

There may be additional versions that vary by composition, but more research is needed.

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Versions

  • Price

    $230 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP: Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $250-370 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP: Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

  • View Item
  • Price

    $110-315 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP: Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

  • View Item
  • Price

    $225 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP: Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $950-1000 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP: Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    N/A

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORGIVS V D G BRITT OMN REX ET INDIAE IMP Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    Only the "NORTHERN KURDISTAN" clasp is worn with the 1931-36 version of the Silver Medal.

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  • Price

    $100-150 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP: Rim:[RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $100 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP: Rim:[RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    N/A

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP: Rim:[RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

  • View Item
  • Price

    $150 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP: Rim:[RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

  • View Item
  • Price

    $50-150 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP: Rim:[RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    N/A

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP: Rim:[RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $100-175 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: +GEORGIVS VIDEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX: FID: DEF: Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    There may be additional clasps issued with the 1949-1952 version of the Silver Medal.

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  • Price

    $100-125 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: ELIZABETH II D: G: BR: OMN: REGINA F: D: Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    There may be additional clasps issued with the 1952-1954 version of the Silver Medal.

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  • Price

    $50-185 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F.D. Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $95-150 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F.D. Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $150 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F.D. Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $150 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F.D. Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

  • View Item
  • Price

    $220 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F.D. Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

  • View Item
  • Price

    $375 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F.D. Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

  • View Item
  • Price

    N/A

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    It is uncertain which version(s) of the Silver Medal the "BERLIN AIRLIFT" clasp is issued with.

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