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British War Medal 1914-1918, from the Cecil Bostock archive

1919


Artist

Unknown

United Kingdom


About

This silver medal was instituted by King George V in 1919 to mark the end of World War I and record the service given. It was awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war (an area of active fighting) or served overseas (perhaps as a garrison soldier) between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918 inclusive. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit were inscribed on the rim of the medal. The front depicts King George V with a Latin inscription.The back shows the dates of the First World War and St. George on horseback trampling underfoot the eagle shield of the central powers (German and Austro-Hungarian Empires), with a skull and cross-bones. Approximately 6.4 million of these medals were issued.


Details


Date

1919


Media category

Metalwork


Materials used

silver medal on ribbon


Dimensions

3.6 cm diam.


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

National Art Archive. Gift of the family of Cecil Bostock. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.


Location

Not on display


Accession number

ARC293.10.3


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

74