BWM / IGS “Afghanistan 1919” to 1st Durham L.I.
British War Medal; IGS 1908 with clasp “Afghanistan and NWF 1919” – 53268 Pte. J. A. Cooper Durh. L.I.
Correct on rolls which show eligibility for Victory Medal not allowed – served only in India and only entitled to BWM.
With copy of MIC (James Arthur Cooper), rolls etc.
The 1st Durhams were one of few 1st Battalions to spend their entire war in India. They were part of the Nowshera Brigade, 1st (Peshawar) Division, and were one of only eight of 52 British Army regular infantry battalions to remain in India rather than being replaced by a TF unit and sent to a major theatre. They served there from 1902-1920, based in 1919 at Rawalpindi on the northern front of the 3rd Afghan War, after which they were sent home and then, after reconstruction, to Germany to join the Upper Silesia occupation force. Returned to UK in 1922.
Mounted as worn from double pin.
Ribbon rod replaced on BWM; in GVF condition with a few very slight edge dints to BWM.