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British Commonwealth War and Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - The General Service Medal 1918 - 62

Obverse View

The General Service Medal 1918 - 62 obverse view

Reverse View

The General Service Medal 1918 - 62 reverse view

About the General Service Medal (GSM) 1918 - 62

The General Service Medal (GSM) 1918 - 62 was instituted in 1918 to recognise service in minor Army and Air Force operations for which no separate medal was intended. Six different effigies of the reigning monarch are used on the Obverse of this medal.

Only one clasp to the GSM 1918 - 62 was awarded to New Zealand military personnel in large numbers: the clasp 'Malaya'.  The clasp 'Malaya' recognised service by New Zealand Army and Royal New Zealand Air Force personnel in the Malayan Emergency of 1948 to 31 July 1960. The clasp 'Malaya' recognises service in Malaya between 16 June 1948 and 31 July 1960, and service in Singapore between 16 June 1948 and 31 January 1959. Also see Note 1, below.

Two other clasps to the GSM 1918 - 62 were awarded in small numbers to New Zealand military personnel: the clasp 'SE Asia 1945-46'; and the clasp 'Brunei'.

The GSM 1918 - 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

The Regulations for the following clasps to the General Service Medal 1918 - 62 can be viewed through the links below.

Clasps and Bars

A total of seventeen clasps were issued with the GSM 1918 - 62.

 

Order of Wear

The position of the GSM 1918-62 in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.