The Victory Medal 1914 - 1919 

      Instituted in 1919 this medal is the  British/Colonial version of the Inter-Allied Victory Medal.  The common principle design features having been agreed by all the allied nations. Description; - Bronze, 36mm diameter with a gilt finish. Suspension by means of a 14mm free ring and olive. Obverse depicts the standing figure of Victory holding a palm. Reverse: within a wreath the Inscription 'THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILISATION 1914 - 1919'.* South Africa Produced an English / Afrikaans bi-lingual version with the Additional inscription 'DE GROTE OORLOG VOOR DE BESCHAVING 1914 - 1919'
  Naming; in impressed sans-serif capitals.2
  Ribbon: double rainbow pattern, graded and watered -from centre to edges, red/orange/yellow/green/blue/purple

 Award Criteria

The gilt finish does not survive many polishings. To find 100% intact examples you have to look for medals left in their boxes since issued.
* 1914 - 1919 on the medal but the the eventual award period was 1914 -1920 ( 4th Aug 1914 - 1st July 1920.)
2. The New Zealanders in true antipodean style named theirs the reverse way.

(Also see: Medals of the Regiments for qualification by regiment for Infantry and Cavalry units.)





Above: Victory Medal reverse.

Above : The South African version.


'Gnr. B. W. Pitt R. N.'  - Victory Medal naming is often lightly impressed and difficult to read.


Bi-lingual Victory Medal  - note the absence of a service number on South African WW1 medals


601 Cpl.  J. D. Wilson R. E.


'2. Lieut. B. O'Reilly-Nugent'  usual British officer Victory Medal naming -  no service number or unit.


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