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Date Instituted

1919

Campaign

First World War 1914-1918

Obverse

Uncrowned head of George V and the legend GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:

Reverse

St George on horseback facing right below a rising sun with the horse tampering on a shield

Size

36 MM

Metal:

Silver or Bronze

Naming

Impressed in sans serif capitals

Clasps

None

Approx. Medals issued

6,500,000 of which 110,000 were bronze. These bronze medals were mostly issued to Chinese, Maltese, and Indians.

Comments

The medal was approved in 1919, for issue to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who had rendered service between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Officers and men of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and Dominion and Colonial naval forces (including reserves) were required to have completed 28 days mobilised service

Although the war ended in 1918 the medal was later extended to cover the period 1919–20 for 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 the Caspian.

BRITISH WAR MEDAL