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British War Medal 1914 - 1920

British War Medal 1914-20



This medal commemorates some of the bloodiest battles that have ever been fought by British & Commonwealth troops. The medal was instituted by King George V in 1919 to mark the end of the First World War and record the service given. Although the First World War ended in 1918, the qualification period was extended to cover post-war mine clearance and service in Russia during 1919-20.

A total of approximately 6,500,000 silver medals were issued. A total of approximately 110,000 bronze versions of this medal were issued to Chinese, Maltese, Indian and other native Labour Corps and also to other native personnel who were mobilised for war service and received pay at military rates.

Below: The British War Medal of my Great-Grand Father, Carmelo Briffa who served in the Maltese Labour Corps. On the right the Obverse Side of the Medal and on the Left the Reverse Side of the Medal.

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