1914-1918 Victory Medal

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomI have an orphan example of this medal as well as quite a number in groups. They are all the British Empire pattern. The orphan is 23937 Pte. G. Stevens R.W. Kent.

The Victory Medal (also called the Allied Victory Medal) is a campaign medal – of which the basic design and ribbon was adopted by Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Romania, Siam, Union of South Africa and the USA.
The medal was issued to all those who received the 1914 Star or the 1914-15 Star, and to most of those who were awarded the British War Medal – it was never awarded singly.

These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. To qualify for the Victory medal one had to be mobilised in any service and have entered a theatre of war between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Women qualified for this and the earlier two medals, for service in nursing homes and other auxiliary forces.
It was also awarded to members of the British Naval mission to Russia 1919 – 1920 and for mine clearance in the North Sea between 11 November 1918 and 30 November 1919.

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