India General Service Medal 1895, VR, in silver, one clasp, Punjab Frontier 1897-98 (Jemdr. Pooran Singh 12th Bl. Cavy:). Confirmed as the recipients only medal entitlement (Indian Army List January 1901 refers). The recipient was an Indian soldie...

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Description: India General Service Medal 1895, VR, in silver, one clasp, Punjab Frontier 1897-98 (Jemdr. Pooran Singh 12th Bl. Cavy:). 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. Scarce medal to a unit which did not deploy during the Punjab Frontier 1897-98 campaign. As of 1901 only 5 VCO’s held the IGS 1895, four with this clasp, one with the clasp Relief of Chitral 1895. Very fine

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