Campaign Service Medal
crowned bust of Elizabeth II surrounded by the legend “ELIZABETH II DEI
GRATIA REGINA F: D:”
inscription “FOR CAMPAIGN SERVICE” on three lines with a crown above, all
surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves.
Medal approximately 36mm in diameter. Medal and bars are of silver.
Approximately 32 mm wide. Purple with green edges each approximately 4 mm
ornamental swivelling suspender.
Impressed on the edge with the recipients number, rank, initials, surname,
and regiment or service in small thin block capitals.
Nine:- “BORNEO” 24th December 1962-11 August 1966; “RADFAN” 25 April to
31 July 1964; “SOUTH ARABIA” 1 August 1964 to 30 November 1967; “MALAY
PENINSULA” 17 August 1964 to 11 August 1966; “SOUTH VIETNAM” 24 December
1962 to 29 May 1964; “NORTHERN IRELAND” 14 August 1969- 31 July 2007; “DHOFAR” 1
October 1969 - 30 September 1976; “LEBANON” 7 February 1983 - 9 March
1984; "MINE CLEARANCE" (Gulf of Suez) 15 August - 15 October 1984; "GULF"
17 November 1986 - 31 October 1988 and mine countermeasures in the Gulf up
to 28 February 1989; “NORTHERN IRAQ AND SOUTHERN TURKEY” 6 April - 17 July
1991; 'KUWAIT' 8 March - 30 September 1991; "AIR OPERATIONS IRAQ" 16 July
This medal was instituted by Ministry of Defence Order No. 61 of October
1964 to supersede the Naval General Service Medal, 1915-1962 and the
General Service Medal 1918-1962 (Army and RAF) awarded to British and
Commonwealth forces. Qualifications for the award vary considerably as
between the different bars and as between those serving on land, at sea
and in the air. Generally, for those serving on land the qualifying
period was thirty days service or more in the prescribed area between the
relevant dates. If the qualifying service is ended before completion of
the thirty days by death or evacuation because of wounds or other
disability caused by service, then the reduced period of service will
normally qualify. Qualification is also allowed to personnel gaining an
award during a qualifying period of less than thirty days, provided that
the award is a British Decoration or medal of at least equivalent status
to the British Empire Medal, or is a Queens Commendation or a Mention in
Dispatches. Personnel engaged in special hazardous operations in the
qualifying zone, between the relevant dates, may also be awarded the medal
and bar even though the thirty-day period in the area has not been
served. Certain civilians wearing the uniform of their respective
organisations in the area between the relevant dates also qualify for
certain of the bars. These included the various nursing and welfare
services, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the Armed Forces Fire Services and
Ministry of Defence Police. The award of the medal and bars is open to
men and women whose service fulfils the necessary qualifications. The
“South Vietnam” bar was only awarded to Australian servicemen who served
in or near Vietnam up to 29 May 1964. The Australian Vietnam medal was
awarded to the Australian and New Zealand forces who served after that
the Campaign Service Medal was instituted five years after the
amalgamation of The King’s Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) and the Border
Regiment there can have been no awards of the medal to men of “The King’s
Own” in its original form. However, The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment,
which arose out of the amalgamation now carries on the spirit and
traditions dating back to the raising of The King’s Own as the Second
Tangier Regiment in 1680, and many men of the Regiment have qualified for
the medal with bars “South Arabia” and “Northern Ireland”.
At least one other was awarded the medal with the bar “Borneo”, presumably
for service on detachment to another unit as “King’s Own Border” did not
serve in the Borneo emergency.
Campaign Service Medal in the museum's