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Indian Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal: CM.1307-2009

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Mint: Calcutta
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901)
Issuer: East India Company
Ruler: Victoria regina (With the title of)
Mint: London




Although European officers served in the forces of the British East India Company, and British units served in India, for a while there was also a locally-raised Indian Local European Army among the Imperial forces in the subcontinent; its units were eventually subsumed into the Indian Army proper. The previous service of men so transferred was not forgotten, and in 1859 a Long Service & Good Conduct Medal was issued especially for them. Unfortunately through some mistake it was struck to a naval design, meaning that only some 300 were awarded before the issue was stopped. The medal is correspondingly rare.
Among its few recipients was Bombardier Patrick Cashman of what was by 1859 the 3rd Battalion, European Artillery. Lester Watson acquired his medal at some point before 1928.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, acquired before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.3 mm
Weight: 36.3 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester


1859 - 1874

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription with oak-leaf sprays around, crown above and anchor below

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1307-2009
Primary reference Number: 141401
Watson Catalogue: 211
Ordering: M-0190
Previous object number: LW.0190
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 15 January 2024 Last processed: Monday 15 January 2024

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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