In Witness of National Gratitude to........
The death of King Albert and the issue of further medals, 1934.
The official cut off date for the award of this medal was the 31st December 1924, after which no more medals were to be issued. However, it was decided to suspend this rule for a short period - so that the medal could be awarded to certain individuals who were involved in the search for the King between the 17th and 18th of February 1934, the time of his fatal climbing accident.


King Albert Medal (1914 - 1918)
Medaille du Roi Albert. (1914 - 1918)

     Instituted 7th April 1919 and awarded to those who had organized, promoted or administered humanitarian or charity work that had eased the suffering of the distressed Belgian population. N  This medal could also be awarded to foreigners.
     Description; in bronze 36mm diameter with a ring suspension. The perimeter of the medal is in the form of a sculpted laurel wreath. Obverse medallion bears the bust of King Albert with the legend  ALBERT ROI DES BELGES. The engraver's signature, 'G. Devreese' is at 6 o'clock. Reverse bears the inscription EN TEMOIGNAGE DE RECONNAISSANCE NATIONALE N 1914 - 1918 - there is a gap left above the date for the engraving of the recipient details. Two versions of medal exist, one in French and the other in Dutch, which was the choice of the recipient.
   Ribbon: two versions , amaranth crimson with a single central tricolour stripe of the national colours. The second version has two tricolour stripes - this 'double stripe' version denotes the recipient's contribution was in the occupied zones.



King Albert Medal (1914 - 1918)

Medaille du Roi Albert. (1914 - 1918)

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