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British Commonwealth War and Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - The Naval General Service Medal 1915 - 62

Obverse View

The Naval General Service Medal 1915 - 62 obverse view

Reverse View

The Naval General Service Medal 1915 - 62 reverse view

About the Naval General Service Medal (NGSM) 1915 - 62

The Naval General Service Medal (NGSM) 1915 - 62 was instituted in 1915 to recognise service in minor naval operations for which no separate medal was intended. Because of its relatively long history this medal carries the Obverse effigy of three successive Sovereigns, King George V, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. In addition, there are two different versions of the George VI and Elizabeth II effigies.

Only one clasp to the NGSM 1915 - 62 has been awarded to New Zealand military personnel in large numbers: the clasp 'Malaya'. The clasp 'Malaya' recognised service by Royal New Zealand Navy personnel in the Malayan Emergency of 1948 to 31 July 1960. For information on the qualifying service required for the NGSM 1915 - 62 with the clasp 'Malaya' see Note 1, below.

The NGSM 1915 - 62 was replaced in 1964 by the General Service Medal 1962.

Royal Warrant

Campaign Medals are instituted by Warrants signed by the reigning Sovereign at the time they are instituted.

Medal Regulations / Command Papers

The Regulations / Command Papers for the following clasps to the Naval General Service Medal 1915 - 62 can be viewed below.

Clasps and Bars

A total of seventeen clasps were issued with this medal.

Order of Wear

The position of the NGSM 1915 - 62 in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.

Media Statements

concerning service by New Zealand military personnel recognised by the NGSM (Malaya)

RNZN deployments whose crews are eligible for the NGSM (Malaya)