Obverse and reverse of the medal,
with 'Gyantse' clasp.
|Awarded by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|
|Awarded for||Campaign service.|
|Campaign(s)||Tibet 1903 – 04|
|Description||Silver or bronze disk 36 mm wide|
|Established||1 February 1905|
|Ribbon: red edged in white with green outer edges|
The Tibet Medal was authorised in February 1905 for all members of the Tibet Mission and accompanying troops who served at or beyond Siliguri from 13 December 1903 to 23 September 1904.
The British expedition to Tibet, also known as the British invasion of Tibet or the Younghusband expedition to Tibet began in December 1903 and lasted until September 1904. The expedition was effectively a temporary invasion by British Indian forces under the auspices of the Tibet Frontier Commission, whose purported mission was to establish diplomatic relations and resolve the dispute over the border between Tibet and Sikkim. In the nineteenth century, the British conquered Burma and Sikkim, occupying the whole southern flank of Tibet. The Tibetan Ganden Phodrang regime, which was then under administrative rule of the Qing dynasty, remained the only Himalayan state free of British influence.
The obverse of the medal, designed by G. W. de Saulles,
The reverse, designed by E. G. Gillick, depicts the Potala (winter palace of the Dalai Lamas) in Lhasa on top of the red hill with the words 'TIBET 1903-04' below.
The suspender is of the swivelling ornate scroll type.
The clasp 'GYANTSE' was given to those present in operations between 3 May and 6 July 1904 in or near Gyantse Fortress.
Both silver and bronze medals were issued named to the recipient on the rim in a cursive script.
The 1.25 inches (32 mm) wide ribbon is maroon flanked by narrow white, and wider green, stripes.
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