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Title

The Allied Victory Medal, from the Cecil Bostock archive

1919


Artist

William McMillan

1887 - 1977


About

The Allies each issued their own bronze victory medal but with a similar design, equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The colours represent the combined colours of the Allied nations, with the rainbow additionally representing the calm after the storm. The ribbon consists of a double rainbow with red at the centre.The British version depicts the winged figure of Victory on the front of the medal and on the back, it says 'The Great War for Civilisation 1914-1919’.To qualify, an individual had to have entered a theatre of war (an area of active fighting), not just served overseas. Their service number, rank, name and unit were impressed on the rim. Approximately 5.7 million Victory Medals were issued.


Details


Date

1919


Media category

Metalwork


Materials used

bronze 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

ARC293.10.4


Artist information

William McMillan

Works in the collection

1