Mysore Medal, II Class
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The Mysore Medal was established by the Honourable East India Company in 1792. It was awarded to native troops of the Honourable East India Company Army in recognition of service under Marquis Cornwallis, General Abercomby, and General Meadows in the Third Mysore War (1790-1792). Troops of all ranks received the Medal, however, distinctions were made through size and composition. The I Class Medal was awarded to Subadars, the II Class Medal was awarded to Jemadars and Serangs, and the III Class Medal was awarded to Havildars, Naiks, Tindals, Sepoys, and Lascars.
The reverse features a Farsi inscription which can be translated to “A token of the bravery of the troops of the English Government in the war in Mysore, in the years of Hegira 1205-1206.”
The medals were issued unnamed and without a suspension, although it is common to find pierced medals with a suspension ring worn on a yellow cord.
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