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Sutlej Medal
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Sutlej Medal BAR.svg
Obverse (top left) and reverse (top right) of the medal.
Awarded by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility British and Honourable East India Company forces.
Awarded for Campaign service.
Campaign Sutlej 1845-46.
Description Silver disk, 36mm diameter.
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    Established 17 April 1846

    The Sutlej Medal was a campaign medal approved in 1846, for issue to officers and men of the British Army and Honourable East India Company who served in the Sutlej campaign of 1845-46 (also known as the First Anglo-Sikh War). This medal was the first to use clasps to denote soldiers who fought in the major battles of the campaign.

    The medal was approved on 17 April 1846, authorised for all who served in the Punjab between 7 September 1848 and 14 March 1849. Three clasps were authorised, although no medals were awarded with all three clasps. No unit qualified for both the clasps Mooltan and Chilianwala. The medal was issued without a clasp to those units that were present in the Punjab but did not take part in fighting.[1]


    The Sutlej Medal was also awarded for participation in the Battle of Mudki. There is no clasp, as the first battle the recipient of the medal participated in would be engraved directly onto the medal, with additional battles added by clasp. As there was no battle prior to Mudki, there was no need to produce a clasp for second-battle veterans.[2]


    1. British Battles and Medals, p115-116
    2. Dorling, Henry Taprell (1974). Ribbons and medals : the world’s military and civil awards (New Enlarged Edition (11th edition) ed.). Suffolk, England: W.S. Cowell Ltd. ISBN 0-540-07120-X. 


    • Mackay, J and Mussel, J (eds) - Medals Yearbook - 2005, (2004), Token Publishing.
    • Joslin, Litherland, and Simpkin (eds), British Battles and Medals, (1988), Spink

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