British war medals from the First World War or Great war as it appears on some medals. Covers medals relating to service during to 1914-1918.
The silver 1914 1918 British war medal together with the corresponding victory medal awarded to Private Dudley of the Northamptonshire Regiment. Also included the Cap badge of the regiment referencing the peninsula war Battle honours of Talavera and Gibraltar. Medal index card shown.
Typical British world war one pair of medals consisting the British war medal 1914 – 1918 (Made for sterling silver) and the Bronze UK version of the inter allied victory medal for the “Great war”.
Pair attached to the medal bar were awarded to 136715 CPL W.GRIBBLE RA, a Corporal in the Royal artillery
An Edward VII Royal Navy Reserve (RNR) Long Service and Good Conduct medal to C556 G GREEN SEA 1 CL RNR – Seaman first class.
Obverse – EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR and the Image of Edward 7th.
Reverse – DIUTURNE FEDELIS – literally Overtime faithful underneath a stylised image of the then technologically advanced royal navy ship HMS Dreadnaught
Note – Ribbon colours changed over time for this medal and varied according the service. EG – The RNR and RVNR had different ribbons after 1919.
WW1 British war medal and victory medal pair awarded to M18680 A. GEORGE WMN RN, Wireman in the Royal Navy
WW1 British war medal and victory medal pair awarded to 179732 GNR S.F.FUNNELL RA, Gunner in the Royal Artillery.
Single British War medal to Driver William Short in the Army Service Corps. His medal index card shows he was also entitled to the victory medal.
The british War medal awarded to J46110 W.H.F MACLEOD AB RN an Able Bodied seaman in the Royal Navy. Some interesting history to see the ships served upon – HMS Vivid, Indomitable and Resolution.
WW1, British, war medal trio of 1914 15 star, british war medal and victory presented to A6850 A.MCLEOD SMN RNR which could mean a Deck hand and/or Seaman position in the Royal Navy Reserve.
One of my few forrays into the British medals and only due to the naming of the recipient.
Mess dress or Miniature medals have long been a part of the British army tradition and whilst not officially issued soldiers had to have the miniature medals on hand if they wished (or “made to volunteer” in the army sense) to attend social events. The victory medal was no exception and due to the numbers produced they are encountered frequently.
WW1 British war medal trio of 1914 15 star, british war medal and victory presented to M2-103627 PTE W.D.TURNER ASC, a private in the Army service corps.
If anyone can explain the Soldiers prefix of M2- and its significance I would appreciate it!