The British War Medal 1914-1918
The medal takes the form of a solid silver medal with an image
of a mounted figure of St George trampling the shield of the
central powers with the dates 1914 and 1918 thereon. At the
base is a skull and crossbones, symbolic of death, whilst
above is the rising sun of victory. The reverse has the coinage
head of George V.
Medal 1914 - 1919
It was decided amongst the Allies that a common theme would
be adopted and that each country would produce a medal to
commemorate the Victory. This medal took various forms according
to the country but a common item was the rainbow coloured
ribbon. The British medal shows the winged victory on the
front holding a palm branch in her right hand with the left
outstretched. The reverse has the words "The Great War
for Civilisation" surrounded by a laurel wreath.
The pair were affectionately known as "Mutt and Jeff".