British War Medal 1914-1920 awarded to Pte. Joseph Ferres, service number 36, 11th Battalion, A.I.F.

Private Ferres enlisted on 7 August 1914 and served until 13 February 1917. He served in Gallipoli and was also awarded a medal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ANZAC Gallipoli landings in 1967.

"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; '36 PTE. J. FERRES 11 / BN. A.I.F.'.

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