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An ancestor of mine Sidney Douglas Kent served with the Royal Field artillery, Service number 46419. He appears to have 2 medal index cards both showing his service number correctly.

On one it notes that he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. This card reads Date of Gazette...Peace Gazette, Reference paper...0137/5653

The other (The more normal card) shows a 2nd service number (1021442) as well and shows that he was awarded The British Medal and below there is this:

#IND.GS.AFGN.NWFF.1919.(rOLL 16687-56) IV 308.D 28.7.22

Can anyone please advise me what the Meritorious Service medal was and what it might have been awarded for.

Also sdoes anyone know what the detail #.IND ect might stand for.

Thanks in anticipation.

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Yvor

To get you going, IND.GS must be the Indian General Service Medal,, which would carry bars for various campaigns, in this case 'Afghanistan N[orth] W[est] F[rontier] 1919-21', but there are others. The extra symbols refer to the medal rolls, available only at the National Archives at Kew and not online.

The MSM is a little more complex which I will leave to the experts, but is basically for good or exceptional conduct over a long period, or as cynics would say, undetected crime!

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7010 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON*GAZETTE, 3 JUNE, 1019.

His Majesty the KING- has 'been graciously

pleased to approve of the award of the Meritorious

Service Medal to the undermentioned

Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers

and Men in recognition of valuable services-rendered

in connection with the War: —

46419 Bomdr.- Kent, S. D., 77th By. (Lichfield).

(INDIA)'

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The MSM is a little more complex which I will leave to the experts, but is basically for good or exceptional conduct over a long period, or as cynics would say, undetected crime!

The MSM for the most part in WW1 was an immediate award for valuable service/devotion to duty etc;often in non frontline activities,eg QMS,Mechanics,Fitters,Clerks Cooks,& other non fighting personnel {& "gallantry in the performance of military duty";ie;Not in the face of the enemy,to a lesser extent only around 500 + awarded in this catergory}rather than the prewar,few wartime, & post war MSM with or without gratuity awarded when there was a space in the ranks for a long serving NCO.The LSGC Medal was more for the 18/24 years of undetected crime!!!

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The Warrant for the MSM runs into several pages when all the changes are taken into consideration.

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