British War Medal

This medal was instituted to record the successful conclusion of the First World War, but it was later extended to cover the period 1919-20 and mine-clearing at sea as well as participation in operations in North and South Russia, the eastern Baltic, Siberia, the Black Sea and Caspian. Some 6,500,000 medals were issued in silver and 110,000 in bronze (mainly to Chinese, Indian and Maltese personnel in labour battalions).

The reverse shows St George on horseback and the dates 1914 and 1918.

The recipient’s details were impressed on the reverse of the medal.

Description courtesy of the MEDAL YEARBOOK. Image by John Davis © South Gloucestershire Council.

Alfred Samuel Allibone