Naval General Service Medal 1915-62: The NGSM 1915-1962 is awarded from the cessation of hostilities in World War II until 1962, THE NGSM was awarded to naval personnel only. Post-1962, Navy received the same General Service Medals as Army and Air Force. Awarded for 28 days’ service afloat, patrolling off the coast of Malaya in support of operations against insurgents. One day or more duty ashore in the Federation of Malaya attached to other eligible forces. One operational sortie over Malaya in operations against insurgents from a base in Singapore. Qualifying periods are from 16 Jun 1948 to 31 Jul 1960.
The NGSM was instituted in 1915 for service in minor Naval war-like operations. The medal is always issued with a clasp denoting the area of operations. Subsequent service is recognised by the award of further clasps to be worn on the original medal.
The medal is nickel plated with the obverse having the effigy of the reigning sovereign at time of issue. The reverse bears an image of ‘Britannia’ in a chariot pulled by two sea-horses. The ribbon has a wide white central stripe, flanked by two red pin-stripes, further flanked by two white stripes, which in turn are flanked by two red outer stripes.
Members mentioned in despatches for operations recognised by the Naval General Service Medal 1915-62 after 11 August 1920 were approved to wear a bronze oak leaf on the medal ribbon.
The following clasps have been issued for the medal:
- Persian Gulf 1909-1914
- Iraq 1919-1920
- NW Persia 1919-1920
- NW Persia 1920
- Palestine 1936-1939
- SE Asia 1945-46
- Minesweeping 1945-51
- Palestine 1945-48
- Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945-53
- Yangtze 1949
- Bomb and Mine Clearance, Mediterranean
- Near East
- Arabian Peninsula