Victory Medal 1914-1919 with ring mount and ribbon awarded to Dvr. Frederick Arthur Eastwood, service number 5805, 1 D.A.C. (1st Divisional Ammunition Column), A.I.F.

Driver Eastwood was born in Caulfield, Victoria. He was a butcher before he joined on 23 June 1915 aged 22 years and 10 months. Eastwood embarked from Melbourne on 11 October 1915 on HMAT Nestor. He was in France in 1916 and was hospitalised with appendicitis. This was followed by an operation in England. Driver Eastwood was discharged on 28 July 1919.

The Victory Medal was authorised in 1919 and was awarded to army, navy and air force personnel who served in a theatre of war between midnight 4th-5th August 1914 and midnight 11th-12th November 1918. The Allies resolved that, if they wished to issue a Victory Medal, it would share a common feature of a depiction of Victory on the obverse and a ribbon of red, yellow, green, blue and violet merged into a rainbow pattern. This medal, that of Great Britain, was awarded to personnel from countries in the British Empire (some 5,725,000 were issued). The other Allied countries that issued Victory medals were: Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Romania, Thailand, Union of South Africa and the United States of America.

Obverse Description

Figure of Victory facing three-quarters right with wings spread; in her right hand she holds a palm branch, her left hand is extended and open. The artist's initials, W.McM. (W. McMillan) are above the ground line on the right.

Reverse Description

The words, 'THE GREAT . WAR FOR . CIVILISATION 1914-1919' within a circular wreath of laurel.

Edge Description

Text; '5805 DVR. F.A. EASTWOOD. 1 D.A.C. A.I.F.'.

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