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Medal - British War Medal, Australia, 1914-1920 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18699

Summary:
Australia
World War I British War Medal 1914 - 1920
Mint: Royal, London
Awarded to: 85 PTE. C.M.A. MILLS. 12/BN. A.I.F.
Other Details: This British War medal was awarded to Private Charles Michael Mills, regimental number 85. He enlisted on 17 August 1914 and served overseas. He returned to Australia and was discharged on 11 April 1916.

"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: 85 PTE. C.M.A. MILLS. 12/BN. A.I.F.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 84 mm (Height), 35 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: 37 * 77

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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
Series: War Service
DateEra: 1914-1918 AD
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: 85 PTE. C.M.A. MILLS. 12/BN. A.I.F.
Inscriptions: GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:
B.M. (Bertram MacKennal)
1914 1918
85 PTE. C.M.A. MILLS. 12/BN. A.I.F.
Shape: Round and ribbon
Material: Silver
Issued By: Australia, 1919-1920
Mint: Royal Mint, London, 1919-1920
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal, 1919
Awarded To: Private Charles Mills, 1919-1920
Person Depicted: 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

karen neal Posted on 29 Nov 2009 7:24 PM
i have just been give two war medals of my late grandfather.
they are marked with 4670 Pte c. j. clark 20 Bn A.I.F 39710/MD2
and 4670 Pte c j clark 20 BN. A.I.F 40495/MD2
can you tell me anything about these many thanks KAREN NEAL

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