India General Service Medal 1854-1895, 1 Clasp: Northwest Frontier, awarded to Rifleman Charles Smith, 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade, who was present on the North West Frontier during the operations against the Jowaki Afridis from 9th November 1877 to 19th January 1878, and is in fact entitled to the clasp Jowaki 1877-8, but was incorrectly issued the medal with the clasp Northwest Frontier. Smith later saw service during the Second Afghanistan War of 1878 to 1880, and was in action at the capture of the fortress of Ali Musjid on 21st November 1878.
India General Service Medal 1854-1895, 1 Clasp: Northwest Frontier; (2717 CHARLES SMITH. 4 BN RIFLE BDE:)
Condition: clasp incorrect issue but as issued and correctly riveted, some contact wear, hence only Very Fine.
Charles Smith was born in Saint Pancras, London, and having worked as a clerk, then attested for service with the British Army at Westminster on 19th January 1874, joining as a Rifleman (No.2717) the Rifle Brigade. Smith went on to see 6 years and 89 days with the Colours, of which 5 years and 250 days were spent on overseas service, all of it in India. Smith saw service with the 4th Battalion, and as such was present on operations against the Jowaki Afridis from 9th November 1877 to 19th January 1878. The Jowakis Afridis who occupied the territory between Peshawar and the Kohat Pass, made continuous attacks on their neighbours. The 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade formed part of Brigadier General Ross’s Force titled the Peshawar Column. Smith was subsequently issued the India General Service Medal 1854-1895, but incorrectly with the clasp Northwest Frontier, which should be Jowaki 1877-8.
Smith was later present during the Second Afghanistan War of 1878 to 1880, and was in action at the capture of the fortress of Ali Musjid on 21st November 1878. Smith was discharged ‘unfit for further service’ on 22nd April 1880, his name having also featured 12 times in the Regimental Defaulter’s Book, one of which had resulted in him being tried by Court Martial, he having twice been imprisoned.