Sutlej 1845-46, for Moodkee, 2 clasps, Ferozeshuhur, Sobraon (Charles Cleeve, 9th Regiment)
The Silver campaign medal is the diademed head of Queen Victoria, legend reads “VICTORIA REGINA”. The reverse of the medal is the standing figure of Victory, facing to the left. In her outstretched right arm she holds a wreath in her hand and an olive branch in her left. At her feet is a pile of captured war trophies. The legend “ARMY OF THE SUTLEJ” is written around the perimeter.
The Sutlej Medal was a campaign medal approved in 1846, for issue to officers and men of the British Army and Honourable East India Company who served in the Sutlej campaign of 1845-46 (also known as the First Anglo-Sikh War). This medal was the first to use clasps to denote soldiers who fought in the major battles of the campaign.
The medal was approved on 17 April 1846.
FEROZESHUHUR: 21st December – 22nd December, 1845.
The Battle of Ferozeshah was fought on 21st December and 22nd December, 1845 between the British and the Sikhs, at the village of Ferozeshah in Punjab. The British were led by Sir Hugh Gough and Governor-General Sir Henry Hardinge, while the Sikhs were led by Lal Singh.
The British emerged victorious, but the battle was one of the hardest-fought in the history of the British army.
SOBRAON: 10th February, 1846.
The Battle of Sobraon was fought on 10th February 1846, between the forces of the British East India Company and the Sikh Khalsa Army, the army of the Sikh Empire of the Punjab. The Sikhs were completely defeated, making this the decisive battle of the First Anglo-Sikh War.