1914–15 Star

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1914–15 Star

1914-15StarObv.png

1914 Star BAR.svg
Obverse of the medal and ribbon.
Awarded by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility British and Imperial forces.
Awarded for Campaign service.
Campaign First World War 1914–15.
Description Bronze four-pointed star
Clasps None authorised.
Statistics
Established December 1918
Total awarded 2,366,000
Related 1914 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Territorial Force War Medal
1914-15 Star.jpg
Colour version of medal and ribbon.

The 1914–15 Star was a campaign medal of the British Empire, for service in World War I.

The 1914–15 Star was approved in 1918, for issue to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who served in any theatre of the War[1] between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915 (other than those who had already qualified for the 1914 Star).

Recipients of this medal also received the British War Medal and Victory Medal – it was never awarded singly. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred with Pip representing either this medal or the 1914 Star, only one of which could be awarded to a soldier; Squeak represented the British War Medal; and Wilfred represented the Victory Medal.[2][3]

Some 2,366,000 were issued,[4] including:

Description[edit]

  • The medal is a four pointed star of bright bronze, ensigned with a crown, with a height of 50mm, and a maximum width of 45mm.
  • The obverse has two crossed gladii (swords) with blades upwards and a wreath of oak leaves, with the Royal Cypher of King George V at foot and an overlaying central scroll inscribed "1914–15".
  • The reverse is plain with the recipient's number, rank and name
  • The ribbon has the red white and blue colours of the Empire, in shaded and watered stripes. The same ribbon is used for the 1914 Star

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Excluding service which qualified for award of the Africa General Service Medal or the Khedive's Sudan Medal 1910, British Battles and Medals, p227
  2. ^ "Pip, Squeak and Wilfred". First World War.com. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Pip, Squeak and Wilfred". The Long, Long Trail. Archived from the original on 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  4. ^ British Battles and Medals, p227

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Star awarded to Lt. Jerome Joseph Fane de Salis (1896-1915) (DCO) Middlesex Regiment.
  • Mackay, J and Mussel, J (eds) – Medals Yearbook – 2006, (2005), Token Publishing.
  • Joslin, Litherland, and Simpkin (eds), British Battles and Medals, (1988), Spink