French World War I commemorative war medal, (Médaille Commémorative Française), 1914-1918.
Awarded to all members of the French Armed Forces who "saw service between 2 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Instituted on 23 June 1920, it could also be awarded to the Merchant Navy, medical personnel and local authorities".
Bust of Minerva symbolising France. She faces left, holds a sword and wears a soldier's helmet. Bay and oak leaves adorn the metal plate connecting the medal to the ribbon guide.
Bears text and is decorated with bay and oak leaves.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Reverse text reads; "GRANDE / GUERRE / 1914-1918", curcumscribed by text; "REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE".
Type of item
30 mm (Width), 33 mm (Height)
Round with loop and ribbon
References: [Link 1] accessed Aug 2014.