Issued to The British Expeditionary Force
The 1914 Star was issued to the British Expeditionary Force and their immediate reinforcements, who crossed into Belgium and France. It is believed an approximate total of 378,000 medals were issued. The vast majority of the 1914 star recipients were the Officers and Men from the pre-war British Army, or the Old Contemptibles as they were known.
The Mons Star
The medal was authorised under Special Army Order 350 in November 1917 and by an Admiralty Fleet Oder in 1918. Often referred to as the Mons Star, it was awarded to British soldiers and Marines for the opening campaign on the Western Front. A small number were issued to sailors but only if they had served on land. The medal was authorised in April 1917. This medal measures 1.75" wide by 2.25" top to bottom. The medal is a four pointed star, with the top point being hidden by the Imperial Crown. The obverse has a scroll in the centre and the months "AUG" above and "NOV" below. Surrounding the medal is a laurel wreath with the "GV" monogram at the bottom with two crossed swords (blades uppermost) in the background. The ribbon is attached via a ring on top of the crown. The reverse is plain and flat and can be engraved with the recipients’ number, rank, name and unit.
Never Awarded Alone
This medal was never awarded singly and was always accompanied by the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Medal Back Engraving
Your service number, rank, name & initials and regiment or service can be professionally diamond engraved on the back of your medal.
This medal is supplied with loose ribbon. If you require this medal to be mounted, please select the mounting option required. Full-size Commemorative & Official Medals CANNOT be group mounted together.