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Date Instituted

1843

Campaign

Gwalior 1843

Obverse

Six pointed star of bronze with a silver centre bearing the name of the battle (MAHARAJPOOR or PUNNIAR) for which it is awarded and the date 29th Dec 1843.

Reverse

Plain except for a pin used to attach the star to clothing.  

Size

45mm wide and 52mm high


Metal:

Bronze & Silver

Naming

Engraved on the reverse with the name and regiment of the recipient or issued un-named.

Clasps

None

Approx. Medals issued


Comments

The Gwalior Star Medal was awarded to the soldiers of the British Army, who took part in the 1843 Battle of Gwalior, which was fought at Maharajpur and Panihaar. On 29th Dec, 1843, the British Army defeated HH Maharaja Mahadji Rao Scindia, and took over the control of Gwalior. The first division of the army, under Sir Hugh Gough, completely defeated the Scindia on the 29th December, 1843, at Maharajpoor. On the same day, Major-General Grey, with the second division, utterly routed a strong Scindia force at Punniar.

This six pointed Star Medal is made of Bronze, from guns captured at the Battles of Maharajpoor and Punniar, during the Gwalior Campaign. The Bronze Medal has a Silver Centre, which bears the Date 29th Dec, 1843 and the name of one of the Battle Grounds, where the Battle of Gwalior was fought, i.e. MAHARAJPOOR  or PUNNIAR. The reverse of the Medal is plain and has the name engraved of the Soldier, to whom the Medal was awarded, along with the Regiment of the recipient. It is said that Queen Victoria herself took interest in the designing of this Medal.

This star is made from the bronze of guns captured during the two battles of Maharajpoor and Punniar of the Gwalior campaign and issued to all ranks, the pin used to attach the star to clothing, however many were later converted to take a ribbon (attached via a metal ring or one of a variety of privately fitted suspenders) in order for the star to be worn in the same manner as other medals.

GWALIOR STAR