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British Commonwealth War and Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - The General Service Medal 1962

Obverse View

The General Service Medal 1962 obverse view

Reverse View

The General Service Medal 1962 reverse view

About the General Service Medal 1962

The General Service Medal 1962 was instituted in 1964 to replace both the Naval General Service Medal 1915 - 62 and the General Service Medal 1918 - 62. It was awarded to recognise service in minor operations for which no separate medal was intended. Subsequent New Zealand equivalents to this medal are the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 and the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002.

This medal is silver and circular in shape. On the obverse of the medal is the Royal Effigy Crown, and on the reverse is a wreath surrounding the words "For Campaign Service" surmounted by the Crown.

About the ribbon

The ribbon is one inch and a quarter in width, and is purple in colour with green edges.

Royal Warrant

The Royal Warrant for the General Service Medal 1962 can be viewed here.

Medal Regulations

The Regulations for the following clasps to the General Service Medal 1962 can be viewed below.

Clasps and Bars

This medal was always issued with a clasp. A total of thirteen clasps (listed below) were issued with this medal. However, only two clasps (Borneo and Malay Peninsula) have been awarded to New Zealanders in significant numbers. Both of these clasps were awarded for service related to the Indonesian Confrontation of the 1960s.

Order of Wear

The position of the GSM 1962 in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.