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Offline Abhay

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Gwalior Star Medal (Medal # 112, Medal Yearbook)
« on: January 19, 2010, 12:59:49 PM »
The Gwalior Star Medal was awarded to the soldiers of the British Army, who took part in the 1843 Battle of Gwalior, which was fought at Maharajpur and Panihaar. On 29th Dec, 1843, the British Army defeated HH Maharaja Mahadji Rao Scindia, and took over the control of Gwalior. The first division of the army, under Sir Hugh Gough, completely defeated the Scindia on the 29th December, 1843, at Maharajpoor. On the same day, Major-General Grey, with the second division, utterly routed a strong Scindia force at Punniar. This six pointed Star Medal is made of Bronze, from guns captured at the Battles of Maharajpoor and Punniar, during the Gwalior Campaign. The Bronze Medal has a Silver Centre, which bears the Date 29th Dec, 1843 and the name of one of the Battle Grounds, where the Battle of Gwalior was fought, i.e. MAHARAJPOOR  or PUNNIAR. The reverse of the Medal is plain and has the name engraved of the Soldier, to whom the Medal was awarded, alongwith the Regiment of the recipient. It is said that Queen Victoria herself took interest in the designing of this Medal.
This medal was presented by the British India Government (Popularly known as East India Company) to all the ranks who took part in the battle of Gwalior. The original issues were made with hooks on the reverse to wear the star on the breast but rings or suspenders were later fitted by recipients to allow wear in keeping with other medals. They are worn with the Indian ribbon.

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Re: Gwalior Star Medal
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2010, 02:50:31 PM »
That's a very nice medal! I always thought getting a few military medals, but I never got around to it.

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Re: Gwalior Star Medal
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2010, 12:46:31 AM »
Is the inscription on the back readable?

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Re: Gwalior Star Medal
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2010, 04:41:13 AM »
Yes, the Inscription on the back is "Gunner W. Luigard 3rd Troop, 2nd Brigade, Horse Artillery".

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Re: Gwalior Star Medal
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2010, 03:12:54 PM »
Tablet in St. Luke's Church, Jullundur - "The officers and men of the 3rd Troop 2nd brigade Horse Artillery erect this monument to the memory of their late commanding officer Major Edward Christie and of Corporal Richard Hill. Bombadier Timothy Claxton. Gunner Maurice Higgins. James McCachan. James Foley. William Carvill. George Hailes. their comrades who fell in action during the Punjab Campaign."

Found here. Don't know if you'll ever go to Jullundur, but a photo of the tablet would be an interesting complement to the medal.

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Re: Gwalior Star Medal
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2010, 03:41:24 PM »
The current name of the city is Jalandhar and is very famous for producing all sorts of sports goods. Cricket bats, Balls and accessories, Footballs, all sorts of leather goods....It is situated about half way on the road from Ludhiana to Amritsar.
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