Afghanistan War Medal


This is sometimes refered to as the 2nd Afghan War medal. The ribbon is green with crimson stripes. The obverse view, with the Queen's head, has no clasps. This one was awarded to Lt. Hamilton, Corps of Guides who also won the VC for many acts of bravery culminating in a final charge where he shot three men with his revolver, cut down two more with his sword and reached the gun. Putting himself between it and the mob to stand single-handed in defense of his men, was at last overwhelmed and hacked to pieces. The reverse view has two clasps, Kabul and Charasia. This medal was awarded to Capt. Dundas, Royal Engineers who also won the VC and died on the campaign. He and Capt. Trevor RE were involved in an assault on the Bhooteas' position at Dewan-Gri. They both sustained bad head wounds when they were pelted with rocks but managed to shoot their way out, avoiding sword cuts. Otherclasps that are seen with the Afghanistan medal are Kandahar, Ali Musjid, Peiwar Kotal and Ahmed Khel.

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