Naval General Service 1793-1840, clasp Syria, awarded to Charles Cossens
Obverse, Portait of Queen Victoria, facing left, Clasp of Syria above, edge inscribed Charles Cossens.
Reverse, Britannia with her trident seated in a sea horse.
The Naval General Service Medal, was a campaign medal approved in 1847, issued to officers and men of the Royal Navy in 1849. The final date for submitting claims for the medal was 1 May 1851.
The NGSM was awarded retrospectively for various naval actions during the period 1793–1840. A period that included the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars and the Anglo-American War of 1812. Each battle or campaign, covered by the medal was represented by a clasp on the ribbon, this medal represents Syria. The medal was never issued without a clasp.
This medal and its army counterpart, the Military General Service Medal, were amongst the first real British campaign medals, issued to all ranks for serving in combat actions.
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