Indian Distinguished Service Medal, Geo V, Kaiser-i-hind bust, named in engraved running script; (653 DFDR. MAHOMED ZAMAN KHAN 20TH: DECCAN HORSE).
Mahomed Zaman Khan enrolled into the Indian Army as a Sepoy (No.653) into the 20th Deccan Horse on 1st April 1905, and saw service during the Great War with the Indian Corps on the Western Front from 24th August 1914 through to 31st October 1916. He was awarded the Indian Distinguished Service Medal in Indian Army General Orders No.219 of 1917 when serving as a Daffadar with the 20th Deccan Horse, and the award was most probably for the action at Delville Wood during the Battle of the Somme. Subsequently he saw service with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Egypt and Palestine from 11th August 1918 through to 29th August 1919, and was commissioned as a Viceroy’s Commissioned Officer with the rank of Jemadar in the 9th Royal Deccan Horse on 1st May 1922, being promoted to Risaldar on 16th August 1930. In 1938 he was promoted to Honorary Lieutenant.