The General Service Medal (1962 GSM, also sometimes referred to as the Campaign Service Medal), is a campaign medal of the United Kingdom introduced in 1962 to combine the General Service Medal (1918), as awarded to the Army and RAF, and the Naval General Service Medal (1915).
The 1962 GSM was awarded until 2007, when it was replaced by the Operational Service Medal. In 2015 the General Service Medal (2008) was introduced.
The 1962 GSM was awarded for what were often arduous campaigns and well fought operations, evidenced by the casualties that were frequently sustained. Those mentioned in despatches or who received a Queen’s Commendation during a campaign qualifying for the 1962 GSM wear an oak leaf symbol on the medal ribbon.
Fourteen clasps were awarded, the medal never being awarded without a clasp. The maximum awarded to any one individual appears to have been six. Clasps are worn in the order that the recipient qualified for them, not the date of the relevant Army Order.
Clasps - Cyprus 1963-64; Borneo; Radfan; South Arabia; Malay Peninsula; South Vietnam; Northern Ireland; Dhofar; Lebanon; Mine Clearance, Gulf of Suez; Gulf; Kuwait; N. Iraq & S. Turkey; Air Operations Iraq.