Afghan War, 1878-80, clasp Charasia and India General Service 1854, clasp Burma 1887-89.
to – Lt. J. C. B. Craster, 5th Goorkhas (on Afghan); Capt., 12th Ben. Infy on IGS
James Cecil Balfour Craster came from a well-known Army and Indian Army family.
Born in 1854, son of an officer in the 38th Regt., he was commissioned ex Dorset Militia in Nov. 1875 into 16th Foot, transferring into the Indian Army in 1879. Captain 1887 and Major in 1896.
Served in Afghanistan ex 16th Foot attached to 5th Gurkhas, which had a very arduous service in the Afghan War from initial call-out in September 1878 and was heavily engaged at Charasia.
Craster was present in the operations of the Kurram Field Force and in operations in the Khost Valley. Advance on Kabul and battle of Charasia.
In Burma, he served with the 12th Bengal Infantry in the Salay expedition.
Appointed Lieut. Colonel in Nov. 1901 shortly before his retirement in June 1902.
Craster died in June 1935.
Medals mounted as worn from pin bar and in GVF+ condition.