This is a non-commercial reproduction of the original copyright holder, Veterans Affairs Canada
British War Medal
Engraved: 7075 Pte. D. Crighton. Gordons
The medal was awarded to all ranks of Canadian overseas military
forces who came from Canada between 05 August 1914 and 11 November
1918, or who had served in a theatre of war. Those who had enlisted
in the O.M.F.C. in the United Kingdom and had not served in a
theatre of war were not entitled to this medal.
"Please note that the above is only a summary outline of the conditions that apply to this medal. Additional information and a list of qualifing areas of service are available from the Honours and Awards Section, Veterans Affairs Canada, 66 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P4"
There was no bar to this medal.
A circular, silver medal, 1.42 inches in diameter. (The medal awarded to Chinese, Maltese and Native Labour Corps was bronze.)
The obverse shows the King George V, bareheaded coinage effigy, facing left, with the legend: GEORGIVS V BRITT : OMN : REX ET IND : IMP :
A horseman (St. George, naked), armed with a short sword (an allegory of the physical and mental strength which achieves victory over Prussianism). The horse tramples on the Prussian shield and the skull and cross-bones. Just off-centre, near the right upper rim, is the sun of Victory. The dates 1914 and 1918 appear in the left and right fields respectively.
A plain, straight, non-swivelling suspender with a single-toe claw.
The watered ribbon is 1.25 inches wide, and consists of seven stripes: blue (0.125"), black (0.0625"), white (0.125"), orange centre (0.625" wide), white (0.125"), black (0.0325"), and blue (0.125").
The recipient's name, number and rank is engraved on the rim for the first issue.
The medal was authorized on 26 July 1919.
There were 427,993 issued to Canadians in the CEF out of 6,500,000 total. It was possible to receive this medal alone but all gallantry medals would receive the BWM and VM as well.
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