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The United Nations record that the below following member states have contributed military observers& peacekeepers to UNFICYP and have qualified for the medal;
- Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, India, Ireland, the Kingdom of Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the following countries provide civilian policemen: Australia, Austria, Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden
Medal riband fitted with intricate hinged pin mounting bar
Important: This is an early 1960's-1970's era quality strike of the medal, with fine matt gilt finish
An original Royal Mint strike
The medal fitted with its original 'pinked' silk riband and contained in greasproof packet of issue
Condition: About EF
An original Royal Mint strike
Condition: About EF
An original Royal Mint strike
Important: Medal and clasp entitlement confirmed as issued per the respective campaign medal roll of the Corps of Guides Cavalry held at The National Archives (ref WO 100/G22/432) that was compiled and signed at Mardan Cantonment, North West Frontier Province, India on 18 March 1924
The recipient was an Indian cavalryman holding the rank of Sowar (Trooper) while serving with the Corps of Guides Cavalry - the most famous regiment of the British Indian Army
Note: An estimated 562 x GSM's were issued to 'All-Ranks', including followers, of the Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides (Cavalry), of which 307 x medals had the single clasp 'N.W. Persia'; 53 x medals had the single clasp 'Kurdistan' and 193 x medals had both clasps (N.W. Persia & Kurdistan). However, and consistent with other issuances of this medal to Indian Army regiments, many of the medals were never distributed, or delivered, to the actual recipients. In the case of the 'Guides', a total of 148 medals - of which 74 medals had the single clasp 'N.W. Persia' - remained undistributed by 1930, in which year they were returned to the Army Department, New Delhi, in 1930, for scrapping to bullion, for re-use by the treasury
A desirable medal to the most distinguished regiment of the British Indian Army
The medal clasp carriage with official rivets, as issued
A superb example of an official Royal Mint struck and issued 'Specimen' campaign medal for the War Office
Note: All Belgian nationals who served in the British Armed Forces, or with 'Free Belgian' armed forces in exile in the United Kingdom during the Second World War, were all eligible, post-war, for the award of the Belgium War Commemorative Medal 1940-1945 (La Medaille Commemorative de la Guerre 1940-1945)
Note: The large 'Crossed Swords' emblem denote active service during the 'May 1940' campaign, while the battle & campaign clasps denotes the recipient as having been a Belgian aviator who served in England during the 'Battle of Britain', and who flew as aircrew with either a Belgian or British Squadron of the Royal Air Force
The Belgian 'Bronze Lion' citation emblem denotes that the recipient had been awarded a 'Citation' at Squadron level
Apart from Poland / Czechoslovakia and the nations of the British Empire the largest number of foreign pilots from North Europe that served with the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain - their pilots being credited with having shot down 24 x German enemy aircraft during the battle.
It is estimated that 124 x Belgian air-crew personnel, all of whom were either Pilots or cadet pilots, had reached the United Kingdom by August 1940. Not all of them, served during the actual 'Battle of Britain', and records variously claim that between 28-30 Belgians flew operationally. Of those no less than 18 were killed in action during the Battle of Britain, or at some time later in the war
During the Battle of Britain, the Belgian pilots are credited with having shot down 24 x enemy aircraft.
The Belgian aircrew were spread amongst several R.A.F. Squadrons during the Battle of Britain, and it was only in November 1941, that two separate all 'Belgian' Squadrons were formed, viz 349 and 350 (Belgium) Squadrons. 349 Squadron served initially in West Africa, but 350 Squadron (Spitfires) remained in Britain, and the Squadron deployed providing fighter cover for the ill-fated Dieppe Raid (1942). 350 Squadron subsequently served continuously on fighter sweeps in the North West Europe theatre 1942-1945, including over the skies of Belgium, Netherlands & Germany
By the close of the Second World War, it is estimated that 1200 Belgian nationals had served in the Royal Air Force.
A rare and desirable 'Battle of Britain' related medal to allied aircrew amongst 'The Few'
The medal riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, or 'epingle', as worn in the traditional Belgian style
Sold together with companion loose riband bar with 'Crossed Swords & Palm'. The riband bar mounted on a slot brooch fitting
The medal riband is fitted with an unmarked mounting bar that retains the original long-hinged pin and clasp, as issued
Note: The medal was accepted and worn on a 'restricted basis' only, by all British military personnel who served in the Gulf War, i.e., the medal is not worn in official British military uniform by serving personnel it can however be worn by any veteran in civilian dress
The recipient was an Indian soldier holding the rank of Sowar (Trooper) while serving with the 2nd Bengal Cavalry of the Indian Army
On 8 August 1882, the 2nd Bengal Cavalry embarked at Bombay for destination Ismailia, Egypt, at which time the regiment comprised 431 x combatants, and sailed for Egypt aboard 8 x transport ships. In all there were 3 x Indian cavalry regiments deployed to Egypt (vis 2nd Bengal Cavalry, 6th Bengal Cavalry & 13th Bengal Lancers) with a strength of 1497 men and 1590 horses, and comprised the 2nd Brigade of the composite 'Cavalry Division' that served in the Egypt Campaign of 1882.
During its service in Egypt where the regiment rode and fought at the battles of Kassasin and at Tel-el-Kebir, the 2nd Bengal Cavalry, suffered 1 x Native Officer 'Died of Wounds' and 4 x Other-Ranks were 'Wounded-in-Action'. The number of losses amongst horses during the campaign was significantly higher with the loss of 86 x horses
2nd Bengal Cavalry was collectively awarded the below following Battle Honours for their services in Egypt;
- Egypt 1882
In addition, all combatants (not followers) of the regiment, were awarded the Egypt Medal 1882, and where eligible the clasp 'Tel-El-Kebir'
Condition: Usual 'Cavalry' contacts GF
Important: Confirmed as the recipients only medal entitlement (Indian Army List January 1901 refers)
The recipient was an Indian soldier of the Sikh faith, who was a Viceroy's Commissioned Officer (VCO) holding the appointment of Jemadar while serving with the 12th Bengal Cavalry, a mounted regiment of the British Indian Army
Pooran (sic) Singh first enlisted in the Indian Army on 26 August 1882, at which time he joined the 12th Bengal Cavalry (unit was first raised as the 2nd Regiment of Sikh Irregular Cavalry in 1857), and with which regiment he remained throughout his subsequent 19 x years of service. He was created a Viceroy's Commissioned Officer on 1st May 1896, at which time he was bestowed the appointment of Jemadar, and in which rank he served - on detachment - during the Punjab Frontier campaign of 1897-1898. Interestingly, the Supplement to the Indian Army List of January 1901, shows that Jemadar Pooran Singh held a certificate for 'Military Surveying' - the only Indian officer of his regiment to be so qualified
Prior to the Great War the 12th Cavalry had been awarded the below following battle honours:
- Peiwar Kotal
- Kabul 1879
- Afghanistan 1878-80
A very scarce seen unit on the market for the IGS 1895 medal, as the regiment did not deploy as a unit during the 'Punjab Frontier' campaign of 1897-98 (the 1901 IA list 'War Services of Indian Officers' shows only 5 x VCO's of the regiment at the time held the IGS 1895, four of whom had the single clasp 'Punjab Frontier 1897-98, and a single VCO who held the medal with clasp 'Relief of Chitral 1895'
A superb Indian Officer's medal with very likely participant 'Great Game' associations, due to his capacity as a qualified 'Military Surveyor'
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