George V (1910-36); ruler
McMillan, William; artist; British artist, 1887
Georgivs V Britt: omn: rex et Ind: imp:; ruler; with the title of
Lester Watson Collection
British War Medal, 1914-20; denomination
Royal Air Force; subsubsubseries
The Great War of 1914-1918 remains the bloodiest conflict in which Britain has ever been engaged. British casualties at Ypres and on the Somme from 1915 to 1918 outnumbered the entire British casualty list for the whole of the Second World War.
This medal was awarded to all members of the British Armed Forces who had fought in the War; some five million were issued. Because of the difficulty, in a conflict that had involved long-range artillery and air bombardment, of deciding eligibility for bars for individual battles, none of these were made. Unlike the Allied Victory Medal, this medal was also awarded to mobilised personnel who had not seen combat.
This medal was awarded to 2nd Lieutenant John Mitchell, of the Royal Air Force. It is one of a group of eight of his medals that are in the Lester Watson Collection.
Although the catalogue of the Watson Collection considers Mitchell's awards as its Group 7, the medals of that group are not physically attached and so have been treated separately here. Nonetheless it was as a group that Lester Watson purchased them, from the London dealers Baldwin in 1928.
London, mint, place
weight, 33.92, g
diameter, 36.1, mm
loan; 2005; Cambridge in America
Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Baldwin 1928
design; obverse; GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:; Bust of George facing left
design; reverse; Nude horseman on steed trampling shield and skull and crossbones
Watson Catalogue; 129
Gordon, Lawrence L., Major. 1947. British Battles and Medals 1st edn.Aldershot: Wellington Pressp. 230-231
British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals From the Collection of Lester Watson (d. 1959).
Gen. Service 1914-18 (British War Medal): 2nd Lieut. John Mitchell, RAF.
Object Number: LW.0365c
(Coins and Medals)
(record id: 141594; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2008-12-23)