British War Medal 1914-1920 awarded to Sjt. John Adrian Evans, service number 3736, 6th Battalion, A.I.F.

Sergeant Evans embarked from Melbourne on 23 November 1915 on the HMAT Ceramic. He was awarded the Military Medal, London Gazette 8 February 1918 = Australian Gazette 27 June 1918, and recommended for the Belgian Decoration Militaire on 30 June 1917.

"The British War Medal 1914-1920, authorised in 1919, was awarded to eligible service personnel and civilians alike. Qualification for the award varied slightly according to service. The basic requirement for army personnel and civilians was that they either entered a theatre of war, or rendered approved service overseas between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Service in Russia in 1919 and 1920 also qualified for the award."

Obverse Description

Bare head of King George V facing left; text around, 'GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:'; the artist's initials 'B.M.' (Bertram MacKennal) are on the neck truncation.

Reverse Description

Naked figure of St. George on horseback advancing right trampling a shield bearing an eagle design and a skull and crossbone. Above, the sun; in the background, the ocean; text around, '1914 1918'.

Edge Description

Text; '3736 SJT. J.A. EVANS. 6 BN. A.I.F.'.

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