Specimen clasp 'MINESWEEPING 1945 - 51' for Naval General Service Medal 1915 - 1962

Accession Number REL31543
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Silver
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1950s
Conflict Period 1950-1959
Period 1940-1949

Specimen clasp 'MINESWEEPING 1945 - 51' for the Naval General Service Medal 1915 - 1962.

History / Summary

The Naval General Service Medal (1915 - 1962) was instituted in August 1915 to recognise naval service in minor warlike operations which were not being recognised by the award of an individual campaign medal. The medal was never issued without a clasp. The clasp 'Minesweeping 1945-51' was awarded for six months' service afloat engaged in naval minesweeping after 3 September 1945. Approved areas of operations were: East Indies, South West Pacific, China coast, Mediterranean, Red Sea, North Sea, Europe and British Isles. Approximately 4750 of these clasps were issued.