The Military Medal GV

Description: silver, 36mm diameter, with a swivelling suspension. This gallantry award has been issued with six different obverses for the three monarchs since its inception in 1916. Our illustrated example is the most frequently encountered; that of King George the V, uncrowned, in Field Marshal's uniform. The vast majority of this type were issued for acts of bravery during the First Word War. The medal reverse depicts the crowned royal cypher over the words "FOR BRAVERY IN THE FIELD" all within a laurel wreath.
 The Military Medal was instituted by Royal Warrant on the 25th March 1916 to be awarded for "acts of gallantry and devotion to duty performed by non-commissioned officers and men of our army in the field" 1. Some retrospective awards were made. Women were included (by an amendment of the 21st July 1916) whether British subjects or not for "bravery and devotion under fire". A  bar was issued for subsequent awards and a silver rosette could be worn when the ribbon alone was worn to denote the award of a bar. The award of the Military Medal was announced officially in the London Gazette hence this is the source for verification of this award. This "LG" notification was generally published as a straightforward list of names but with the recipients home town included from September 1917. Unfortunately the citation is not published, and the original documentation recording citations has not survived notes
1. Quoting the Royal Warrant - Amended in 1920 to ""any of our military forces" and to include allied armies.
2. Other commonwealth citations may be recorded in the relevant countries archives, but for UK forces the archives were destroyed during the London Blitz in 1940.



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482006. Sjt. A. Ardern. RE
49th Divisional Signal Company, Royal Engineers.
Announced in the London Gazette of the17th June 1919
 (For France and Flanders)
Ardern was also Mention in Dispatches LG 18th May 1917 

41292 Cpl S. E. Milner
22nd Battalion Manchester Regiment.
Announced in the London Gazette of the   29th March 1919.
 (For Italy)
L-20135 Bmbr. H. Kavanagh.
"D" Battery, 36th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Announced in the London Gazette of the 23rd February 1918
(For France and Flanders)
3-8885 Pte. M. Bell.
1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment.
Announced in the London Gazette of the 13th March 1919
(For France and Flanders)
G-25168 L.Cpl R. C. Waller
1st Battalion the Queens Regiment (Royal West Surrey) attached to the Machine Gun Corps.
Announced in the London Gazette of the 29th August, 1918
 (For France and Flanders)

240112 Cpl. G. E. Wilkinson
5th Battalion West Riding Regiment. (Duke of Wellington's)
Award announced in the London Gazette of the18th October 1917
(For France and Flanders)
Serjeant George Emsley Wilkinson,  died of wounds in July 1918 - he was the son of
 R.A. and Jane Wilkinson of "Park View", Kirkburton Huddersfield.
He is Buried in the Vertus Communal Cemetery, Marne, France.


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