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Maker(s):

London; mint
George V (1910-36); ruler
McMillan, William; artist; British artist, 1887
Georgivs V Britt: omn: rex et Ind: imp:; ruler; with the title of
London; mint

Collection:

Lester Watson Collection

Category:

medal

Name(s):

British War Medal, 1914-20; denomination
medals; Series
Military; subseries
Britain; subsubseries
Royal Air Force; subsubsubseries

Date:

1920

Description:

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.

Production
Place (legacy):

London, mint, place

Technique:

struck

Material:

silver

Dimension(s):

weight, 33.92, g
diameter, 36.1, mm

Acquisition:

loan; 2005; Cambridge in America

Provenance:

Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Baldwin 1928

Inscription(s):

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

Alternative
Number(s):

Watson Catalogue; 129
ordering; M-0383
previous object number; LW.0365c

Documentation:

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.

Accession:

Object Number: CM.1497-2009
(Coins and Medals)
(record id: 141594; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2008-12-23)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/141594



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