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The Indian Contingent 7 years 4 months ago #16369

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I think there must be a recognised distinction between the silver and bronze medals.
The silver medals were issued named from the mint so un named specimens may be for purposes other than presentation to recipients and are few and far between. Impressed and engraved examples.

Bronze medals were issued in bulk from London un-named to South Africa were many were issued to recipients. As no formal naming procedures were in place, many were issued "as is" unless named "Cape Named" by jewellers in Cape Town. The majority continued their journey to India where formal naming and issuing procedures had been in place for many years. Very much more common than the silver medal.

My experience ( and I would love a more authoritative voice ) of naming on bronze medals:-
1.Un-named - issued in bulk to South Africa and remained in South Africa for distribution to "native participants"
1a.Cape Named to 7(? - there is a reference somewhere to coloured participants)
1b.Privately named - there is one to a casualty of Mafeking that I am aware of.
2. Named in cursive script to Indian participants in India and distributed from there from stock forwarded from South Africa.
3.Named in impressed block capitals at the Mint to Servants , European and Indian, and members of the Indian Ordinance Corps and Hospital Corps.
4. Toad Hall naming and other flights of fantasy.
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The Indian Contingent 7 years 2 months ago #18088

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1693 Sowar Sultan Mohammed Khan
18th Bengal Lancers
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Queen's South Africa Medal Clasps Cape Colony; Transvaal; Orange Free State; South Africa 1902
1693 Sowar Sultan Mohammed Khan 18th Bengal Lancers



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Hon Lieut Dost Mohamed Khan OBI IOM IDSM ADC
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Honorary Lieut. Dost Muhammad Khan was an outstanding cavalry officer who served for some 25 years. He was the highest decorated Indian soldier of the 18th Bengal Lancers from 1858 to 1921 He was awarded the O.B.I. for France 1917; The I.O.M., 3rd Class for South Africa 1900 and the IDSM for Persia in 1910

Risaldar Dost Muhammed. Khan, was a Kakra Tiwana from Mitha Tiwana. He entered the service on 24/3/1896 aged 17. His first service was on the Samana and in the operations of the flying Column in the Kurram Valley under Col. Richardson, 20th August to 1st October 1897.

He sailed from Bombay with Lieutenant Maxwell aboard the “Purnea” on the 20th January bound for Durban with 220 horses for the Mounted Infantry.

At Sananh’s post, 30th, March 1900, the regiment (Robert’s Horse) was retiring under heavy fire from the Kroon Spruit. Having been with the leading squadron in the advance, I was somewhat in the rear of the regiment as it retired, my orderly, as always with me. Seeing a man fall (his horse being killed) we went to his assistance. As the fire was heavy and the range close, about 150 yards, I ordered Sowar Dost Mahomed to go off after the regiment, fearing what might happen to him if wounded and captured. This however he refused to do in spite of my repeated order to him to go, but remained with me helping to keep my horse steady till the dismounted man was able to mount, when we retired together. Sowar Dost Mahomed’s horse was wounded during this action: and later he himself was wounded and very nearly captured owing to his devoted action in waiting for me till the last moment.
I would like to add that he was again wounded at Diamond Hill together with the horse he was holding.


No 1706 Sowar Dost Muhammed Khan, 18th Bengal Lancers, was admitted to the 3rd Class for conspicuous gallantry in action at Sanna's Post, South Africa on the 30th March 1900, on which occasion he, under a heavy rifle fire at close range, went with Lieutenant F.A. Maxwell to the assistance of a trooper of Robert's Horse whose horse had been killed, and helped him to mount and retire with the rest of the corps. Lieutenant Maxwell was awarded the Victoria Cross for the part he played in this action & for his gallantry in saving the guns of Q Battery Royal Horse Artillery.

Dafadar Dost Mohd. Khan had accompanied Lieutenant Maxwell to South Africa as his orderly & subsequently accompanied him to the United Kingdom to take part in the 1902 Coronation. Three British officers from this Regiment served in South Africa. Two British officers, a Jemadar & seventeen other ranks attended the 1902 Coronation.

He was commissioned Jemadar on 1/7/1907

Interestingly Dost Muhammad Khan won a further very rare gallantry award in 1911, when he earned the IDSM in fighting off an attack while escorting a British Consular official in Isfahan in what was then Persia.

His Excellency the Commander in Chief has read with extreme satisfaction the favourable report received by the Secretary of State for India bringing to his notice the gallant conduct of the escort of the 18th Tiwana Lancers which was attacked by robbers whilst accompanying Mr.J.H.Bell.
I am also to state that Jemadar Dost Muhammad Khan, Lance - Dafadar Murad Khan & Sowar Muhammad Khan have been noted for recognition, if possible, & that his Excellency desires that an entry be made in the sheet roll of every man of the escort as a record of his Excellency’s appreciation of the fact that when on a distant detachment & confronted with a difficult situation their conduct was such as to do credit to their regiment & to the Indian Army. Two Sowars were killed in this affair.

Jemadar Khan & the two other men mentioned were subsequently awarded the Indian Distinguished Service Medal. The 18th Lancers were awarded twenty seven such awards & one second award bar between 1907 & 1922, three of which were awarded for this action in Persia during 1910.

Further promotion to Ressaldar came on New Year’s Day 1911 the year he attended the Delhi Durbar


Further laurels were added to his illustrious career in the Great War, earning an Order of British India. Service during the Great War 1914 - 1920 including A.D.C. to the Commander In Chief. Promotion to Risaldar came in 14/8/1916,

A.R.O. Sargodha & finally being promoted to Honorary Lieutenant on his retirement on 5/4/1921


His medal group alas is not completely extant/intact. Some of his awards were obtained directly from source in the NWFP by the American career diplomat and well known IA collector Allan Woolf in the 1960's or 1970's.

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1696 Sowar Kishan Singh
18th Bengal Lancers


Indian General Service Medal 1895 Clasps Punjab Frontier, Samana, Tirah, 1696 Sowar Kishan Singh 18th Bengal Lancers
Queen’s South Africa Medal Clasp 1902 1696 Sowar Kishan Singh 18th Bengal Lancers
1914-15 Star 1696 Swr Kishan Singh 18/Lcrs
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Indian Meritorious Service Medal 1696 Swr Kishan Singh 18th K.G.O. Lcrs

The IMSM is for France.


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The Indian Contingent 7 years 2 months ago #18095

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As always, your posts are interesting and informative and I enjoy reading them. Thank you.

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From the ILN, 10 Feb 1900.

"After Colenso — Troops around the Water-Cart: A Dhoolie-Bearer Begging Water for a Wounded Soldier."

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David,

Do you know the name of the Indian Prince in this article from the Illustrated London News, January 06, 1900?


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