General Service Medal GSM-CSM 1962-2007 miniature
General Service Medal GSM-CSM 1962-2007 miniature was instituted for award to personnel of all services, and thus did away with the need for separate Army and Navy general service medals. Awards range from a mere 70 for South Vietnam to over 130,000 for service in Northern Ireland. The eligibility for the Northern Ireland clasp ceased at midnight on 31 July 2007—the eligibility period having been from 14 August 1969, almost 38 years, the longest period for any individual clasp. This medal is also commonly known as the Campaign Service Medal 1962 (CSM). 14 clasps have been issued to date; the maximum clasps awarded so far seems to be six.
Date: 1962 to 2007
Branch of Service: British Forces.
Campaign: Minor campaigns and operations since 1962.
Ribbon: Deep purple edged with green.
Original Metal: Silver.
Description: (Obverse) a crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II; (reverse) an oak wreath enclosing a crown and the words FOR CAMPAIGN SERVICE. It has a beaded and curved suspension above which are mounted campaign clasps.
- South Arabia
- Malay Peninsula
- South Vietnam
- Cyprus 1963 – 1964
- Northern Ireland
- Mine Clearance Gulf of Suez
- Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey
- Air Operations Iraq
- Mention in Despatches (MiD) bronze oak leaf (post 1920)
- Mention in Despatches (MiD) silver oak leaf (post 1994)
- Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct (QCBC) single bronze oak leaf
- Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air (QCVSA) Single bronze oak leaf
- Queen’s Commendation for Bravery (QCB) silver laurel leaves
- Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air (QCBA) silver wings
- Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) silver oak leaves