Medal, India General Service (1909-1935)
An India General Service medal. The silver medal features a left facing crowned profile of King George V. " GEORGIVS V KAISAR-I-HIND " is embossed around the outside. The reverse features a fortress at Jamrud in the Khyber Pass. " INDIA " is embossed below this. The medal is attached to a green ribbon with a blue central stripe by an ornate curved suspension bar. "AFGHANISTAN N.W.F. 1919 " is embossed on a clasp attached to the ribbon. "16647 PTE. W.H. HARRIS, 1 P.W. VOLS ." is marked around the edge.
The medal was awarded for service in the Third Anglo-Afghan War (May 1919). N.W.F. is the North West Frontier, meaning Harris took part in the campaign against Afghan forces in the Khyber Pass. Jamrud is the main fortress defending the approach to the Khyber Pass from the Indian side. Two main battles were fought at Bagh and Landi Kotal on the Afghan side of the Khyber. Afghan forces were heavily defeated.
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