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British War Medal: CM.173-1992

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British War Medal


Ruler: George V (1910-1936)
Engraver: Mackennal, Edgar Bertram




This medal was instituted to record the successful conclusion of the First World War, but was later extended to cover the period 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. The ribbon has an orange watered centre with stripes of white and black at each side and boarders of royal blue.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1992-06-08) by Tillyard, Stephen


1919 -

Components of the work

Object composed of silver Diameter (min) 37 mm Diameter 37 mm Weight 34.4 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: The uncrowned profile of George V facing left.

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: St George on horseback trampling underfoot te eagle shield of the Central Powers and a skull and cross-bones.

  • Text: 1914 (in exergue) 1918
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.173-1992
Primary reference Number: 226941
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Created: Monday 9 February 2015 Updated: Monday 13 May 2019 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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