Victory Medal awarded to Gnr. J.V. Stewart, service number 344284, 4th R.G.A. (Royal Garrison Artillery), T.F.

Belongs to a group of medals (second from right) awarded to Gunner Stewart who was a signaller in Unit 329, Siege Battery, 4th R.G.A. The 5 medals include: the R.G.A. Military medal (for bravery in the field), Territorial War Medal 1914-19 (for voluntary service overseas 1914-1919), The British War Medal 1914-20, The Victory Medal 1914-18 and The Territorial Force Efficiency Medal 1908-21. The medals are mounted on a bar.

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

A 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

"344284 GNR. J.V. STEWART. R.A."

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