Victory Medal (United Kingdom)
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|Victory Medal 1914-19|
Obverse (left) and reverse (right) of the medal
|Eligibility||British and Imperial forces.|
|Awarded for||Campaign service.|
|Campaign||First World War 1914-20.|
|Description||Bronze disk, 36mm diameter.|
|Established||1 September 1919|
|Total awarded||6,334,522+|
|Equivalent||Victory Medal (South Africa)|
British War Medal
Territorial Force War Medal
Ribbon bar without and with MID emblem
The design and ribbon was also adopted by Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Romania, Siam, Union of South Africa and the USA in accordance with the decision of the Inter-Allied Peace Conference at Versailles (a 'Winged Victory). A particular form of this historic Greek monument was chosen by each nation, except the nations in the Far East who issued the medal but with a different design. The dates of the war were in every case 1914 to 1918, except that of the British Empire, which gave the dates as illustrated (1914 to 1919).
The medal was issued to all those who received the 1914 Star or the 1914–15 Star, and to most of those who were awarded the British War Medal - it was not awarded singly. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.
To qualify for the Victory Medal recipients had to be mobilised for war service in the United Kingdom or the British Empire, in any service, and to have entered a theatre of war between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Women qualified for this and the earlier two medals, for service in nursing homes and other auxiliary forces.
It was also awarded to members of the British Naval mission to Russia 1919 - 1920, and for mine clearance in the North Sea between 11 November 1918 and 30 November 1919.
- The Victory Medal issued within the British Empire as a result of an international agreement at the Inter-allied Peace Conference immediately preceding the Treaty of Versailles is a 36mm diameter circular copper medal, lacquered in bronze. The obverse in the British Empire medal shows the winged, full-length, full-front, figure of 'Victory' (or 'Victoria'), also figuring in all other medals by the nations as cited, but in this case (the British Empire) with her left arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand, this being in common with the previously (pre-war) created British Empire statue in the Victoria Memorial, London (which contains also a statue of the Queen and Empress with the title 'VICTORIA REGINA IMPERATRIX').
- The reverse has the words ‘THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914-1919' in four lines, all surrounded by a laurel wreath.
- The 39mm wide ribbon has a iridescent colour scheme, with the violet moving through to a central red stripe where both schemes meet.
- Those personnel "Mentioned in Despatches" between 4 August 1914 and 10 August 1920 wear an oak leaf on the medal's ribbon.
As well as the United Kingdom, a significant number of allied and associated countries involved in the conflict against the Austro-German alliance issued a Victory Medal.
The proposition of such common award was first made by French marshal Ferdinand Foch who was supreme commander of the allied force during the war. Each medal in bronze has the same diameter (36 mm) and ribbon (double rainbow) but with a national design representing a winged victory except for Japan and Siam where the concept of a winged victory was not culturally relevant.
|Belgium||Paul Du Bois (1859-1938)||-----||300,000 - 350,000|
|Brazil||Jorge Soubre (1890-1934)||approximately 2,500|
||6,000 - 7,000|
|Czechoslovakia||Otakar Španiel (1881-1955)||
|France||Pierre-Alexandre Morlon (1878 - 1951)||approximately 2,000,000|
|United Kingdom||William McMillan (1887–1977)||
|Greece||Henry-Eugène Nocq (1868-1944)||
|Italy||Gaetano Orsolini (1884-1954)||
|Japan||Shoukichi Hata||approximately 700,000|
|Portugal||João Da Silva (1880-1960)||approximately 100,000|
|Romania||.... Kristesko||-----||approximately 300,000|
|Siam (Thailand)||Itthithepsan Kritakara (1890-1935)||-----||approximately 1,500|
|South Africa||William McMillan (1887–1977)||
|United States||James Earle Fraser (1876-1953)||
In popular culture
- Lists of abbreviations used on Commonwealth World War I medals
- Australian campaign medals
- British campaign medals
- New Zealand campaign medals
- Silver War Badge (SWB)
- "Pip, Squeak and Wilfred". First World War.com. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- "Pip, Squeak and Wilfred". The Long, Long Trail. Archived from the original on 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- The interallied victory medals of World War I by Alexander J. Laslo, Dorado Publishing, Albuquerque. 1986 Edition.
- Unofficial type.
- Awarded not only to British combatants but as well to those from the dominions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and those from the Empire of India.
- On the obverse the winged figure of Victory was replaced by a warrior holding a spear.
- For reasons still not known, Poland did not proceed with the manufacture of the medal at their mint. The medal shows a clearly visible “MK” (Mint Kremnica). The medal may possibly be an unofficial strike by a veterans’ group.
- The text on the reverse is in English and Dutch.
- "The King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, (Lancaster), Victory Medal". www.kingsownmuseum.plus.com. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- Searchable database of medal cards at The National Archives