British War Medal 1914-1918, from the Cecil Bostock archive
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.
silver medal on ribbon
3.6 cm diam.
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
National Art Archive. Gift of the family of Cecil Bostock. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.
Not on display