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Capture of Ceylon Medal
File:Capture of Ceylon Medal.png
Obverse and reverse of a gold medal
Awarded by Flag of the British East India Company (1707).svg East India Company
Type Campaign medal
Awarded for Participation in the British Invasion of Dutch Ceylon
Campaign Invasion of Ceylon (1795)
Description 1.9 inches (48 mm) diameter, gold or silver
Obverse face: English inscription For Services on the Island of Ceylon A.D. 1795/6
Reverse face: Persian inscription This medal was given by way of acknowledgment of services in Ceylon in the year of the Hegira 1209-1210
Established 15 May 1807
First awarded 1807
Total awarded 122 (sometimes given as 123[1][2]):
2 gold, 120 (or 121[1]) silver[3]

The Capture of Ceylon Medal was awarded to part of the forces under the command of the East India Company that participated in the British Invasion of Dutch Ceylon, part of the French Revolutionary Wars, over the 21 July 1795 – 16 February 1796 period.[3] Two medals were cast in gold for officers (generally regarded to have been natives, although sometimes regarded as having been Captains Barton and Clarke), with 120-121 being cast in silver for members (Gun Lascars) of the Bengal Artillery.[1][3][4] The medal was instituted on 15 May 1807 by an Order in Council at Fort William, India, and was intended to be worn round the neck with a yellow cord.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Lot 4: Capture of Ceylon 1796". Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  2. "East India Company's Capture of Ceylon Medal, 1807". Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Steward, William Augustus (1915). War Medals and Their History. London: Stanley Paul & Co.. p. 11. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  4. Duckers, Peter (2013). "2". British Military Medals: A Guide for the Collector and Family Historian (2nd ed.). Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword Books. ISBN 978-1-47383-099-8. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 

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