Campaign Medals

1914 (Mons) Star

This medal was authorised in April, 1917, to be awarded to those who served in France and Belgium on the strength of a unit, or service in either of those two countries between 5th August and midnight on 2nd-23rd November, 1914. The king sanctioned the award of a bar to this Star in October 1919 to all who had been under fire in France and Belgium between the above dates.

1914-15 Star

This Star is identical to the Mons Star in every respect except that the centre scroll bears the dates "1914-15" and the two small scrolls bearing "Aug" and "Nov" are omitted. It was given to all who saw service in any theatre of war against the Central Powers between 5th August, 1914 and 31st December, 1915, except those eligible for the 1914 Star. Those who saw service on the Indian Frontier between 28th November, 1914 and 27th October, 1915 also qualified for this medal.

British War Medal

This medal, which carries no bar, was instituted to record the successful conclusion of the First World War, but it was later extended to cover the period of 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.

Allied Victory Medal

This Bronze Medal was awarded to all who received the 1914 or 1914-15 Star, and with certain exceptions, to those who received the British War Medal. It was never awarded alone. Those who were mentioned in despatches were allowed to wear an oak leaf on the ribbon.

India General Service Medal; Clasp - Afghanistan 1919

The Third Afghan War, 1919 was considered by many as an extension of events happening as a result of the global conflict. Soldiers of the army in India that fell in the Third Afghan War are commemorated along with those who were killed in various theatres of the Great War on the Indian War Memorial Arch or India Gate as it is known today. This medal was awarded to those who served under General Sir A. A. Barratt.

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