The 1914-1920 War Medal

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThe British War Medal was a campaign medal of the British Empire, for service in World War I. I have quite a number of these in groups, mostly family medals and four that are orphans. The orphans are as follows, 778839 Spr. J.W. Ayling C.R.T., 285005 L.Cpl. W.G. Darby, 12/3934 Pte. E.T. Allcock N.Z.E.F., 97361 Pte. A.R.Cooper L’Pool R.

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 – the medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.
The medal was later 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 the Caspian.
Some 6,500,000 medals were awarded in total, of which 110,000 were bronze. These bronze medals were mostly issued to Chinese, Maltese, and Indians who served in labour battalions.

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