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Indian Meritorious Service Medal
Indian MSM.png
Obverse and reverse of Victoria version of the medal
Awarded by British Raj
Type Long and meritorious service medal
Eligibility Indians in the British Indian Army
Awarded for For long and meritorious service
Status No longer awarded
Established 1888
Last awarded 1947
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Royal West African Frontier Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal[1]
Next (lower) Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal[1]
Related Indian Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Indian Army)
LS&GC and MSM early version ribbons.png
First version of ribbon
Meritorious Service Medal (UK).png
Later version of the ribbon

The Indian Meritorious Service Medal (for Indian Army) was a long and meritorious service medal awarded to Indian non-commissioned officers in the British Indian Army.


Established in 27 July 1888, the Indian Meritorious Service Medal could be awarded to one Daffadar or Havildar of each of the regiments of the Presidency armies.[2] To be awarded the medal men must have served at least 18 years and had performed in a meritorious manner, with no court-martials, and having been entered in the defaulters book fewer than five times. He must also have been recommended by his commanding officer.[3] Recipients of the Indian Meritorious Service Medal had to surrender any previously awarded Indian Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.[4]


The Indian Meritorious Service Medal is a circular silver medal 1.4 inches in diameter, designed by L.C. Wyon. The obverse depicts the effigy of the reigning sovereign. Around the edge is the inscription of the sovereign's regnal name and the title KAISAR-I-HIND.[4] The reverse depicts an outer wreath of lotus flowers and leaves surrounding an inner wreath of palm leaves. Between the two wreaths is the inscription FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE. Inside the inner wreath is the word INDIA.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "No. 56878". 17 March 2003. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mayo, 480
  3. Mayo, 481
  4. 4.0 4.1 Steward, 845

Works cited

  • Mayo, John Horsley (1897). Medals and Decorations of the British Army and Navy, Volume 2. London: A. Constable. 
  • Steward, William Augustus (1915). War Medals and Their History. London: Stanley Paul & Company. p. 845. 

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