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Title

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

1919

Artist

Unknown

England

Alternate image of British War Medal 1914-1918 by Unknown
Alternate image of British War Medal 1914-1918 by Unknown
Alternate image of British War Medal 1914-1918 by Unknown
  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

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