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New Zealand Campaign Medals - The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike)

Obverse View

The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike) obverse view

Reverse View

The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike) reverse view

About the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike)

This medal was instituted in 1992. It was issued in silver to recognise service in warlike operations for which no separate New Zealand or British Commonwealth campaign medal was issued. By the time it was replaced in 2002, four clasps had been issued for warlike operations between 1956 and 1991 in the Suez Canal region, Malaya, Vietnam and Kuwait.

The medal was awarded with a clasp to describe where an individual served. It is worn as a war medal, in order of date of qualification. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 has also been issued in bronze for non-warlike operations.

Design of the New Zealand General Service Medal

On the obverse is the Crowned Effigy of the Sovereign surrounded by the legend: “ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID. DEF.”. On the reverse is the inscription “THE NEW ZEALAND GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL” within a wreath of New Zealand flora (pohutukawa blossom, fern fronds and kowhai blossom) ensigned by a Royal Crown. The wreath of New Zealand flora adds a distinctive New Zealand appearance to the medal.

The design and colours of the ribbon are based upon the New Zealand Medal 1845-1847 and 1860-1866, thus are directly linked with the beginnings of New Zealand’s military history. As the first occasion upon which New Zealand had issued a war or warlike service medal outside of the two World Wars or the Vietnam War it was considered that the link with the first military campaigns in New Zealand best reflected New Zealand’s military heritage.

The medal was designed by the New Zealand Herald of Arms, Mr Phillip O’Shea, in consultation with the New Zealand Defence Force.

Royal Warrant

The Royal Warrant for the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike) can be viewed here, and an amendment to the Royal Warrant is here.

Medal Regulations

Regulations are issued for each clasp.

Clasps

Images of the four clasps for the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike) can be viewed here.

Order of Wear

The position of this medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here. The NZGSM 1992 (Warlike) is worn in order of an individual's date of participation in a campaign or operation for which the medal was first awarded.


Notes: 

1.  If a person qualifies for the NZGSM 1992 (Warlike) with clasp 'Malaya 1960-64', and with clasp 'Vietnam', and the Vietnam Medal, then the medals are worn in the order: 1) NZGSM 1992 (Warlike) (with two clasps); then 2) the Vietnam Medal.

2.  If the award of the NZGSM 1992 (Warlike) is for Vietnam only or post Vietnam (i.e. Kuwait) they are worn in the order: 1) the Vietnam Medal; then 2) NZGSM 1992 (Warlike) with clasp 'Vietnam'.

Media Statements

concerning service by New Zealand personnel recognised by the NZGSM 1992 (Warlike)

Application forms for the award of the NZGSM 1992 (Warlike)

Applications for the award of the NZGSM 1992 (Warlike) should be made on NZDF NZDF Personnel Archives and Medals Application Form No.1 (for living ex-Service persons) or Application Form No. 2 (for families of deceased ex-Service persons). Both forms are downloadable from our Application Forms and General Enquiries page.

Recommended Reading

concerning service by New Zealand personnel recognised by the NZGSM 1992 (Warlike)

Information on Tribute08

Information on Tribute08 (held 30 May to 1 June 2008) for Vietnam veterans and their families can be found on the Tribute08 website.