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Title

The Allied Victory Medal, from the Cecil Bostock archive

1919

Artist

William McMillan

1887 – 1977

Alternate image of The Allied Victory Medal by William McMillan
Alternate image of The Allied Victory Medal by William McMillan
Alternate image of The Allied Victory Medal by William McMillan
  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    William McMillan

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.