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This example awarded to John Francis Buckle - Captain.
This is a Sarah Jane image (you are welcome to copy)
This medal was instituted to record the successful conclusion of the First World War, but it was extended to cover the period 1919 - 20 and service in mine clearing at sea as well as participation in operations in North and South Russia, the Eastern Baltic, Siberia, the Black Sea and Caspian.
It was originally intended to award campaign bars, but 79 were recommended
by the Army and 68 by the Navy, so the scheme was abandoned as impractical.
The Naval bars were actually authorised (7th July 1920) and miniatures are
known with them, though the actual bars were never issued.
A circular, silver medal, 1.42 inches in diameter. (The medal awarded to Chinese, Maltese and Native Labour Corps was bronze.)
The obverse shows the King George V, bareheaded coinage effigy, facing left,
with the legend: GEORGIVS V BRITT : OMN : REX ET IND : IMP : This profile
is by Sir Bertram Mackennal.
A horseman (St. George, naked), armed with a short sword (an allegory of
the physical and mental strength which achieves victory over Prussianism).
The horse tramples on the Prussian shield and the skull and cross-bones.
Just off-centre, near the right upper rim, is the sun of Victory. The dates
1914 and 1918 appear in the left and right fields respectively.
A plain, straight, non-swivelling suspender with a single-toe claw.
The watered ribbon is 1.25 inches wide, and consists of seven stripes: blue
(0.125"), black (0.0625"), white (0.125"), orange centre (0.625" wide), white
(0.125"), black (0.0325"), and blue (0.125").
The recipient's name, number and rank is engraved on the rim for the first
The medal was authorized on 26 July 1919.
6,500,000 in Silver
110,000 in Bronze (mainly to Chinese, Indian and Maltese personnel in labour battalions)
Silver or Bronze
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