Posted by: mcfinder | November 5, 2008

1914 Star

  • Date of Institution: 1917
  • Campaign: France & Belgium 1914
  • Branch of Service: British Forces
  • Metal: Bronze
  • Size: Height 50mm; max width 45mm

Description: A crowned four-pointed star with crossed swords and a wreath of oak leaves, having the royal cypher at the foot and a central scroll inscribed AUG NOV 1914. Uniface, the naming being inscribed incuse on the plain reverse.

Clasps: 5th Aug.-22nd Nov. 1914. The clasp was sewn on to the ribbon of the medal. A silver rosette is worn on the ribbon strip if the bar was awarded.

Awarded to all those who had served in France and Belgium between 5th August and 22nd November 1914 . In 1919 King George V authorised a clasp bearing these dates for those who had actually been under fire during that period. The majority of the 365,622 recipients of the star were officers and men of the pre-war British Army, the ‘Old Contemptibles’ who landed in France soon after the outbreak of the War and who took part in the retreat from Mons, hence the popular nickname of ‘Mons Star’ by which this medal is often known. There were approximately 155,000 bars issued, as such this is the rarest campaign medal for the First World War.

Above description taken from The Medal Yearbook 2008, p181.

Recipients of the 1914 Star were not eligable for the 1914-15 Star, but were eligable for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

1914 Star and Bar

1914 Star and Bar

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