The 1914 Star

AKA "The Mons Star"

  Authorized in April 1917 for award to those that served with the British and Indian Expeditionary Forces in France or Belgium on the establishment of a unit between 5th August 1914 and midnight on 22/23 November 1914. Naval personnel who served ashore were included. A bar was announced in 1919 for those who had actually came under fire between the appropriate dates. (click on the image of the bars below for more details)
   Personnel entitled to a 1914 or 1914-15 Star would automatically qualify for the British War Medal 1914 - 1920, and the Victory Medal 1914 -1919.
   Description: A bronze four pointed star design, 62mm high, 44.5 mm wide. Obverse; the upper point is replaced with a crown and solid fixed suspension ring. Two crossed short swords are positioned between the arms of the star and a scroll bearing AUG 1914 NOV passes around the centre of the swords. The central area is surrounded by an oak wealth bearing a GV monogram at 6 o'clock. Reverse: plain apart for the recipients details.
Ribbon: red white and blue, shaded and watered.
Naming: impressed in sans- serif capitals (note R.N.D. medals are in large serif capitals) see below.


see also: 1914 star and 1914 - 1915 Star comparison photograph and Medals of the Regiments for qualification by regiment for Infantry and Cavalry units.


1914 Mons star medal

WW1 1914 Star



Bar for the 1914 Star


Above; four bars, three original, the other one? - maybe.    (Click the picture for a bigger version and AO361 transcript. )


Below; 1914 star, the reverse naming. Note the distinctive RND (Royal Naval Division) style (first picture)



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