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Medal - British War Medal, Great Britain, 1914-1920 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 15503

Summary:
Australia
World War I British War Medal 1914 - 1920
Mint: Royal, London
Awarded to: 36 PTE. J. FERRES 11 / BN. A.I.F.
Other Details: First World War medal, awarded to Private J. Ferres. Private Joseph Ferres of the 11th Battalion. He enlisted on 7/8/1914 and served until 13/2/1917. His regimental number was 36. Ferres served in Gallipoli, and was also awarded a medal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ANZAC Gallipoli landings in 1967.

"The British War Medal 1914-1920, authorised in 1919, was awarded to eligible service personnel and civilians alike. Qualification for the award varied slightly according to service. The basic requirement for army personnel and civilians was that they either entered a theatre of war, or rendered approved service overseas between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Service in Russia in 1919 and 1920 also qualified for the award."
From: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/medals.asp
Description:
A silver medal with mount and ribbon. The obverse features a bare head of King George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:; the artist's initials B.M. (Bertram MacKennal) are on the neck truncation. The reverse depicts a naked figure of St. George on horseback advancing right trampling a shield bearing an eagle design and a scull and crossbone; above, the sun; in the background, the ocean; around, 1914 1918. The edge impressed in block capitals:36 PTE. J. FERRES 11 / BN. A.I.F.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs H Ferres
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 36 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, -1
Themes this item is part of: Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Sculptor (1863-1931), Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH King George V (1865-1936), Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Military Campaigns
Tertiary Classification: army campaigns
Obverse Description: Bare head of King George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:; the artist's initials B.M. (Bertram MacKennal) are on the neck truncation.
Reverse Description: The reverse depicts a naked figure of St. George on horseback advancing right trampling a shield bearing an eagle design and a scull and crossbone; above, the sun; in the background, the ocean; around, 1914 1918.
Edge Description: 36 PTE. J. FERRES 11 / BN. A.I.F.
Inscriptions: GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:
B.M. (Bertram MacKennal)
1914 1918
36 PTE. J. FERRES 11 / BN. A.I.F.
Shape: Round with mount and ribbon
Material: Silver
Issued By: England, Great Britain, 1919-1920
Mint: Royal Mint, London, 1919-1920
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal, 1919
Awarded To: Private Joseph Ferres, Australia, 1919-1920

36 Pte J. Ferres, 11th Battalion, A.I.F.
Person Depicted: HM King George V, 1919
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], B Simpkin - Spink & Sons Ltd., A Litherland - Spink & Sons Ltd., E Joslin - Spink & Sons Ltd., British Battles and Medals, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1988, 228 - 9 Pages

Comments

richard Posted on 01 Dec 2009 4:43 PM
what is the value of this medal
Alan Posted on 20 Feb 2014 7:30 PM
Can you please tell me the silver content of these medals?
Discovery Centre Posted on 02 Mar 2014 9:37 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
According to The Great War Forum and The British and Commonwealth Badge Forum , the British War medal 1914-1920 contained 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper, or 1.2 oz silver.

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