British War Medal 1914-1920 awarded to Pte. Albert Harrison Cox, service number 3279, 13th Battalion, A.I.F.

Private Cox was born in Maitland, New South Wales. He was a grocer when he joined in Sydney on August 1915, aged 24 years and 11 months. Cox was wounded in action in France on 14 August 1916 and suffered a gunshot wound to elbow. He was in England before returning to front. He then had trench feet in March 1917 whilst in France and was hospitalised in England. Private Cox rejoined his battalion. He returned to Australia on 13 April 1919.

"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; '3279 PTE. A.N. COX. 13 BN. A.I.F'.

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