1914-15 Star medal awarded to Pte. Frederick James Payne Davies, service number 636, 31st Battalion, A.I.F., for service in World War I.
Private Davies was born in Yarraville, Victoria, and was a joiner when he joined on 12 July 1915 aged 18 years and 4 months. His father William Davies resided at 46 Bayview Rd, Yarraville. Davies embarked from Melbourne on 9 November 1915 on the HMAT Wandilla. He was in Egypt 1916 and records show he was in Egypt in November 1917. Whilst a gunner, he was gassed so sent to hospital in England. In October 1918, he was gassed again in France so returned to Australia in January 1919.
The 1914-15 Star was authorised in 1918 to be awarded to those who saw service between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915 (excluding those who were eligible for the 1914 Star) - 2,350,000 were issued.
Bronze four point star medal 'ensigned' by a crown. Ribbon is striped in the three colours of the Empire which are shaded and watered.
Four pointed star with the top point replaced by a crown with attached loop and ribbon, crossed swords project between the points of the star and at the centre, within an oak wreath, a scroll crossing the swords reads '1914-15'; at the base of the wreath is a large 'G' which encloses a 'V' (King George V).
Stamped; '636 PTE. F.J.P. DAVIES. 31 BN. A.I.F.'.
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mrs J. C. Trimble, 24 Feb 1986
Private Frederick J. Davies
636 Pte F.J.P. Davies, 31st Battalion, A.I.F.
Obverse; '1914 - 15 / GV' (King George V). Reverse; '636 PTE. F.J.P. DAVIES. 31 BN. A.I.F.'.
Type of item
45 mm (Width), 62 mm (Height)
Height to top of suspension ring.
Star with loop and ribbon