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Medal, Victoria Queen, India General Service Medal - Looshai Expedition (1871-1872 AD), Silver Medal, portrait made by W. Wyons, Obv: bust of queen Victoria facing left, legend around "VICTORIA REGINA", Rev: depicts the winged figure of Victory crowning a seated warrior with a wreath, Looshai bar with clasp, 36.0g, 35.72mm, about very fine, Extremely Rare.
The India General Service Medal 1854 – 1895 instituted 22nd December 1853 after the Pegu campaign - with a recommendation being approved three months later to issue further bars for the same medal for any future campaigns and actions. Titled the "India General Service Medal" but the geographical range covered by this medal is much larger, including Persia and Malaya.
The British Indian Army Lushai Expedition of 1871 to 1872 was a punitive incursion under the command of Generals Brownlow and Bourchier. The objectives of the expedition were to rescue British subjects who had been captured by the Lushais in raids into Assam—including a six-year-old girl called Mary Winchester—and to convince the hill tribes of the region that they had nothing to gain and everything to lose by placing themselves in a hostile position towards the British Government. For the British, the expedition was a success: the prisoners were freed and the hill tribes agreed to negotiated peace terms. The border region was to remain peaceful until 1888 when large scale raiding resumed and another punitive expedition was organised.