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Mons Bar 5th Aug-22 Nov 1914 Full Size Bar (for 1914 Star)

This is a World War I full size clasp only worn on the 1914 Star or Mons Star. Instituted in 1919 and awarded to those who had operated under enemy fire during this period. This clasp was to distinguish between front line soldiers and those who worked in the rearward areas. When the ribbon was worn alone, recipients of the clasp to the medal wore a small silver rosette on the ribbon bar.

It is not known how many clasps were issued, however it is believed to be as many as five in every seven medals issued. Due to the fact that the clasp had to be claimed personally by the recipient, it explains why there are fewer clasps in circulation than men who should have received them. A great number had either died before 1919 or simply neglected to apply.

The full size bar is gold in colour to match the medal and bears the words "5TH AUG - 22ND NOV 1914". It has 4 pre-drilled holes in each corner so that the bar can be stitched directly onto the ribbon. It should be stitched just above the medal ring.

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