HESH-844F14: Modern: Medal

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Unique ID: HESH-844F14

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Copper alloy machine cast medal - 1914 Star / Mons Star:

Front face: A four-pointed star crowned with central wreath around crossed swords; the Royal monogram GV appears at base of wreath. A suspension loop at top, integrally cast. A central scroll reads: Aug / 1914 / Nov

On the reverse, on three lines, the stamped inscription: 7218 / PTE M. T. EVANS / 2/ WELSH R.

Length: 61.8mm, Width: 43.9mm, Thickness: 3.6mm, Weight: 24.31 grams.

Information from the Imperial War Museum:

The 1914 Star also known as the Mons Star, the medal is a bronze star with a red, white and blue ribbon, reflecting the French Tricolore.

It was issued to British forces who had served in France or Belgium from 5 August 1914 (the declaration of war) to midnight 22 November 1914 (the end of the First Battle of Ypres).

These were soldiers that were there at the very beginning of the war and so it was primarily awarded to the 'Old Contemptibles', the professional pre-war soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force.

The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit were impressed on the back.

Some medals have a horizontal metal bar worn on the ribbon and inscribed '5th Aug.-22nd Nov. 1914', this distinguished those who had served under enemy fire.

This clasp was replaced by a small silver rosette when the ribbon was worn without the medal.

There were approximately 378,000 1914 Stars issued.

Class: 1914 Star
Inscription: 7218 / PTE M. T. EVANS / 2/ WELSH R.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1918
Date to: Circa AD 1918

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 61.8 mm
Width: 43.9 mm
Thickness: 3.6 mm
Weight: 24.31 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Shropshire Museum Service; Object Entry Form: E. 01900

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
District: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Swansea

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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