India General Service Medal 1854, bar Hazara 1891, Lance Corporal Robert Lough, 3rd Dragoon Guards, an Odd-Man, 1 of 8 3rd DG men attached as specialist Army Signallers at Hazara, the Black Mountain Expedition of 1891.
Officially engraved in fine running script: “2720 Lce Corpl R. Lough. 3d Dn Gds.”
Contact marks and general wear, suspension claw possibly tightened, a little slack.
Robert Lough was a 20 year old Engraver, formerly of the 3rd Manchester Volunteers when he attested for service with the 3rd Dragoon Guards at Canterbury on 5th June 1886.
Home, 1st June 1886 – 7th Sept 1886
East Indies, 8th Sept 1886 – 18th Oct 1892
Natal, 19th october 1892 – 21st August 1895
Army Reserve, 22nd Aug 1895 – 31st May 1898.
This medal his only medal earned for his service, from his unusual service.
On 7th July 1890 he passed his Army Signalling Course at Rasauli.
As such he was detached to the Department of “Army Signalling” who saw service in the Hazara Expedition from 12th March 1891 until 16th May 1891, under their Commanding Officer, Captain E.O.F. Hamilton, Inspector of Army Signalling in Bengal.
Only 28 Hazara Clasps are noted as earned by the Army Signallers.
This small unit was commanded by the later Lieutenant Genral Sir Edward Owen Fisher Hamilton KCB.
He was noted for having overseen the Signalling in the Indian Army during the late 19th Century.