Circular silver medal with claw and ornate scroll swivel ribbon bar with original ‘NORTH WEST FRONTIER 1930-31’ clasp; the face with the crowned head and shoulders portrait of King George V facing left in coronation robes, circumscribed ‘GEORGIUS V • D • G BRITT • OMN • REX • ET • INDIÆ •IMP •’ (George V by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, Emperor of India); the reverse with a view of Jamrud Fort and the entrance to the Khyber Pass, inscribed ‘INDIA’ on a plaque below with oak and laurel branches to either side; attributed on the edge to ‘33617 A-O TARA SINGH, 1 I.H.C.’ (1st Indian Hospital Corps); on replaced correct ribbon.
The Medal was instituted on 1 January 1909 for service in campaigns on India’s borders. This example is of the second George V issue, 1930-1935. The ‘North West Frontier 1930-31’ clasp was awarded for service in operations on the North West Frontier between 23 April 1930 and 22 March 1931 against the Afridis.
The Indian Hospital Corps was created on 1 June 1920 by amalgamating the Army Hospital Corps and Army Bearer Corps with the personnel of Indian Station Hospitals to form a group to staff hospitals, field ambulances and other military medical units.