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Medals and Decorations

This page is dedicated to the members of the Carey family that served in the following battles and campaigns and the subsequent honours of Awards and Medals that were bestowed upon them for their services with the Armed Forces.


Afghan War

New Zealand Wars


Baltic War

Crimean War

Turkish Crimean

China War

Indian Service

Afghan War


Khedive's Star


Indian General


Cross of San Fernando : 1834 - 1839
Distinguished Service Order : 1914 - 1945

Baltic Medal
1854 - 1855

Authorized by H.M. Queen Victoria in 1856, in recognition of the services rendered by the Navy and Army in the Baltic during 1854/1855. The reverse bears a seated figure of Britannia looking over her left shoulder and holding a trident in her right hand. In the background are two forts, and in the exergue the dates 1854-1855. Round the top edge is the word 'Baltic'. The colours of the ribbon are the same as those for the Crimean medal, but they are reversed, while the ribbon itself is one-eighth of an inch wider.

Awarded to:

Lieutenant Charles James Carey Hg4

Second China Medal
1857 - 1860

The first China Medal was issued in 1842 for services in China. The design for the second issue is similar but does not include the earlier date in the exergue on the reverse. The ribbon of deep crimson and old gold is also narrower. The reverse shows a trophy of the Royal Arms, an anchor, cannon, standards, arms etc in front of a palm tree. Round the rim is the legend 'ARMIS EXPOSCERE PACEM'.

Five Clasps were awarded for engagements (the first was issued to earlier recipients of the first China Medal:

'CHINA 1842'
'CANTON 1857'
'PEKIN 1860'
'FATSHAN 1857'

Awarded to:

Lieutenant Charles James Carey Hg4

Queen's South African
1899 - 1902

This medal was granted for service during the Boer War between Oct 11th 1899 and May 31st 1902. Also for service in St Helena from April 14th 1900 and May 31st 1902 on Prisoners-of-War Guards. The obverse shows the head of Queen Victoria, the reverse shows Britannia at the head of a column of marching soldiers. The colours of the ribbon are those of the old Transvaal Republic, red, blue and gold. Over 20 clasps were issued.

Awarded to:

Lieutenant Leicester Willam Le Marchant Carey Ea20 - Five Clasps
2nd Lieutenant William Reginald Carey Ea25 - One Clasp
Captain Harold Eustace Carey Eb37 - Four Clasps
Lieutenant Cecil William Carey Eb39 - Two Clasps
Lieutenant Wilfred Leathes De Mussenden Carey Ee35 - Five Clasps
Chaplain Douglas Falkland Carey Hc53 - Three Clasps
Captain George Glas Sandeman Carey Hf6 - Two Clasps
Captain de Vic Carey Hg10 - Three Clasps
Colonial Defence Spencer Colin Carey Hg16 - Two Clasps
Lewis Adolphus De Vic Carey Hg19 - Three clasps
Spencer Tupper St George Carey Hg32 - Four Clasps
Henry Plantagenet St George Carey Hg33 - Five Clasps
Trooper Arthur Charles Carey Hh13 - Five Clasps

King's South African
1901 - 1902

This medal was issued to those taking part in the Boer War having completed 18 months service before Jan 1st 1902. The obverse had the head of King Edward VII, while the reverse is similar to the Queen's Medal. The ribbon is green, white and orange - the colours of the old Orange Free State.

Two clasps were issued:

Awarded to:

Captain Leicester Willam Le Marchant Carey Ea20 - Two Clasps
Captain Harold Eustace Carey Eb37 - Two Clasps
Captain de Vic Carey Hg10 - Two Clasps
Trooper Arthur Charles Carey Hh13 - Two Clasps

Crimean War Medal
1854 - 1856

The reverse shows a winged figure of Victory placing a wreath upon the head of a soldier in Roman Armour. The soldier bears a circular shield, charged with a lion passant. The left side has the word 'Crimea'. The ribbon is light blue and yellow, while the clasps are shaped like oak leaves with acorns, the suspension bar appearing feathered.

There are five clasps - only four ever are issued:

Awarded to:

Captain Charles Le Mesurier Carey Hf4 - ALMA INKERMAN SEBASTOPOL BALAKLAVA

Turkish Crimean Medal

The Sultan's Governent presented its allies with this medal upon conclusion of the war. On the reverse is the Sultan's cypher with the date in Arabic. The medal's design and exergue differed according to the recipient's home country. The ribbon is crimson red with green edges.

Awarded to:

Major Robert Carey Ee3
Captain Charles Le Mesurier Carey Hf4

New Zealand
1845 - 1847
1860 - 1866

This medal was granted in 1869 in commemoration of the Maori Wars of 1845/47 and 1860/66. No clasps were struck as the medal bears the appropriate dates on the reverse. The suspension bars are embossed with the Silver Fern emblem of New Zealand.

Awarded to:

Brigadier-General George Jackson Carey Hc21
Colonel Robert Carey Ee3

Tibet Medal
1903 - 1904

Deemed to be a rare medal as few British troops were engaged in this campaign. It commemorates the expedition led by Younghusband and Macdonald from Dec 13th 1903 to Sep 23rd 1904, a clasp also being awarded to those who served with the Gyantse Mission from May 3rd to Jul 6th 1904. The reverse illustrates the mountain with the Lhassa fortress and Tibet 1903-4 below.

Awarded to:

Lieutenant Thomas de Beauvoir Carey Ha19 - GYANTSE

Campaign: The 23rd and 32nd Sikh Pioneers participated in the Younghusband Mission to Tibet in 1903-04. (It was the same year that the designation of the Regiment was changed from Punjab Pioneers to Sikh Pioneers). The mission set off on 19 July 1903 from Darjeeling. The 23rd Sikh Pioneers, under Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Hogge, moved via Kalimpong over the Jelep La, as part of the escort to the mission. The move over the passes till Chumbi was uneventful, save for the hard pioneering work in improving the tracks and hard marching. On reaching Khamba Jong, just inside Tibet, they settled down to await the Tibetan and Chinese delegates. As no official came for talks the march was sanctioned as far as Gyantse, with the capital Lhasa, 100 miles farther on through the mountains.
The mission was then expanded into a full-scale military expedition with about 1,200 British and Indian soldiers, four artillery pieces, two Maxim guns, 16,000 pack animals and 10,000 coolies. The force left Siliguri on 20 November 1903, before moving up from Rangpo. The 32nd Sikh Pioneers, under Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Brander, joined the force, part of which was formed into mounted infantry to keep the advance at a good speed. By early December, they were poised in Tibet, the “roof of the world”. Once on the Tibetan plateau the force saw considerable action.
The force reached Tuna, at 15,000 feet, where they stayed for the winter, cheerfully enduring terrible hardships. On occasions, minus 25 degrees was registered in a double fly tent. (The thermometer could register no lower!) To the hazards of travel over some of the roughest and highest terrain in the world, was added sub-zero winter cold. Conditions were frightful. The soldiers wrote in pencil, since the ink froze. Rifle-bolts froze into the breeches, and the soldiers kept them warm in their own beds. The troops’ clothing, though lavish by the standards of those days, offered no real protection and was, in addition, too bulky to allow free movement for firing. Although scouts kept reporting that they had sighted large Tibetan forces in the hills, it was not until they reached the tiny village of Guru on 31 March 1904, that they came into dire ct conflict on reaching the Tibetan fortifications. Two thousand Tibetan troops were waiting there, blocking the caravan trail, which the British had to follow if they were to get to Gyantse.
The Tibetan general galloped up and told them to withdraw but the troops advanced until they were covering the Tibetans at point-blank range. Younghusband ordered the Sikh Pioneers to disarm the Tibetans. As the two forces wrestled with each other, the situation began to turn ugly. Then the Tibetan general fired a shot, as a Sikh soldier was trying to take away the rifle of his orderly. Fighting broke out instantly. Volley after volley of bullets crashed into the solid mass of Tibetans till nearly 900 were lying dead and wounded on the field. The mission then continued to Gyantse after seeing action at Hot Springs and Karo La as well as in the capture of Niani Monastery.
The action of the 32nd Sikh Pioneers at Karo La, on 6 May 1904, was at heights in excess 0f 18,500 feet, establishing a record for high-altitude warfare that stood for 80 years till it was broken in the Siachen glacier. Subedar Wasawa Singh was awarded the IOM for his bravery. The expedition then marched on until it reached the plains before the city of Lhasa. Here Younghusband learned that the Dalai Lama had fled to Outer Mongolia. After crossing the Tsangpo river the mission entered Lhasa on 2 August to be awed by the magnificence of the great golden citadel, the Potala. Negotiations dragged on till an agreement was signed on 7 September and the mission was ordered back to India. A special medal, with several clasps, was instituted for all those who participated in the expedition.

Kindly provided by Col. Harjeet Singh

Egypt Medal

Two varieties of this medal were sanctioned. The first was in 1882 and has the date below the Sphinx. The second covering the later fighting in 1884 has no date in the exergue.

There were thirteen clasps issued:
THE NILE 1884-5
TOSKI 1884

Awarded to:

2nd Lieutenant Gordon Thomas James Carey Hc21 - TEL-EL-KEBIR 1882
Captain Carteret Priaulx He8 - TEL-EL-KEBIR 1882
Major William Wilfred Carey He10 - 1884
Major Clement de Beauvoir Carey Hg6 - 1882

Khedive's Star
1882 - 1891

The Khedive of Egypt presented a bronze star to all Officers and men of the Navy and Army who were engaged in the suppression of the rebellion of Egypt in 1882. The Star was re-issued for 1884, 1885-6, 1886-9 and 1890. One clasp was issued with an Arabic inscription to those who fought at Tokar on Feb 19th 1901.

Awarded to:

2nd Lieutenant Gordon Thomas James Carey Hc21
Captain Carteret Priaulx He8
Major William Wilfred Carey He10
Major Clement de Beauvoir Carey Hg6

Sutlej Medal

There were four medals issued to the Army to commemorate the first Sikh War. The details on each only differing with the name of battle in the exergue. Medals were issued according to the order of battles with clasps issued if the recipient served in the later engagements.

The clasps issued were:

Awarded to:

Lieutenant Octavius Carey Ee2 (posthumous) - Moodkee 1845

Afghan War Medals

Four medals were issued during the Afghanistan Campaign of 1842. The obverse has the head of the new Queen, with the legend 'Victoria Vindex'. No clasps were issued.

The reverse had in the centre of the wreaths:
Candahar 1842
Candahar Ghuznee Cabul 1842
Ghuznee Cabul 1842
Cabul 1842

Awarded to:

Lieutenant Robert Carey Ee3 - Candahar Ghuznee Cabul 1842

Service Order


Awarded to:

Brevet Lieut.-Colonel Arthur Basil Carey Ee27 - 1917
Major Wilfred Leathes De Mussenden Carey Ee35 - 1917
Ass. Chaplain Gen. Douglas Falkland Carey Hc53 - 1917
Lieut-Colonel Harold Eustace Carey Eb37 - 1917
Major John Lionel Romilly Carey Eb38 - 1918

India General
Service Medal
1852 - 1895

First issued in 1854 and used as an award for services in India up to 1895. It was awarded to both Army and Navy personnel.

There were 23 clasps covering the following campaigns:
PEGU 1852-53
PERSIA 1856-57
BHOOTAN 1864-66
LOOSHAI 1871-72
PERAK 1875-76
JOWAKI 1877-78
NAGU 1879-80
BURMA 1885-7, 1887-89, 1889-92
LUSHAI 1889-92
SAMANA 1897-8

Awarded to:

Lieutenant Horace Richard Le Marchant Ea13 - Northwest Frontier 1868
Colonel William Carey Ee13 - Burma 1885-7
2nd Lieutenant Arthur Carey Ee16 - Persia 1856-7
Lieutenant Octavius William Carey Ee23 - Burma 1886-9, Samana 1897-8, Waziristan
Major Carteret Priaulx Carey He8 - North West Frontier
Political Officer Bertram Sausmarez Carey Hh11 - Burma 1885-7 & 1887-9, Chin Lushai 1889-90, Lushai 1889-92, Chin Hills 1892-3

Indian General
Service Medal
1908 - 1935

The Indian General Service Medal was issued for many different campaigns between 1908 and 1935. The ribbon is dark blue and green.

Clasps issued as follows:
North West Frontier 1908
Abor 1911-12
Afganistan N.W. Frontier 1919
Mahsud 1919-20
Waziristan 1919-21
Malabar 1921-22
Waziristan 1922-24
Waziristan 1925
NW Frontier 1930-31
Burma 1930-32
Mohmand 1933
NW Frontier 1935

Awarded to:

Major Cecil William Carey Eb39 - Afghanistan N.W. Frontier 1919
Lieutenant Octavius William Carey Ee23 - Mohmand

Afghan Medal
1878 - 1880

This is the second issue of the Afghanistan Medal for the conflict 1878/80. The ribbon is green with crimson red.

The clasps issued were for:

Awarded to:

Lieut.-Colonel William Carey Ee13 - Ahmed Khel

Cross of San Fernando
1836 - 1839

Spain awarded this cross to its allies supporting the Christinos during the Carlist Wars 1834 - 1839.

Awarded to:

Ensign Walter Carey Ea7 - 1836