Military General Service Medal

Date of appearance: 1848
Manufacturer: London Mint
Designer: William Wyon
Made in: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions: 36 mm
Weight: 35.9 g
Materials: silver
Tags: ready, victoriaregina

The Military General Service Medal (MGSM) was a campaign medal approved in 1847, for issue to officers and men of the British Army. The MGSM was approved on 1 June 1847 as a retrospective award for various military actions from 1793–1814; a period encompassing the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, and the Anglo-American War of 1812. Each battle or action covered by the medal was represented by a clasp on the ribbon; twenty-nine were sanctioned and the maximum awarded to one man was fifteen. The medal was never issued without a clasp. The medal was awarded only to surviving claimants; next of kin could not apply for a medal on behalf of a deceased relative. However, the medal was awarded to next of kin of those claimants who had died between the date of their application and the date of presentation. In total there were 26,091 awarded.

Military General Service Medal