The Commemorative Medal of the
War of 1914 - 1918
Medaille Commemorative de la Guerre de 1914 - 1918
Instituted 23rd June 1920 for award to all military
personnel with service during the Great War. Also eligible were
civilians engaged in war work of various forms.
bronze, of 36mm diameter with an ornate solid and integral oak and
laurel leaf design
suspension. Obverse depicts la Republique wearing a WW1 style Adrian
helmet and holding a sword, the engravers signature "A. Morlon"
is at 8 o'clock. Reverse: the inscription REPVBLIQUE FRANCAISE GRANDE
GUERRE 1914 -1918. - an uncommon second model of private
manufacture ( modele de Charles ) exists with a slightly different
suspension design. A bar was issued: "ENGAGE VOLONTAIRE" to
denote voluntary enlistment.
Ribbon: white with five red stripes.