The words "In the line of Duty" encircle both the obverse and reverse designs. On a highly polished background a gladiator, renowned for fighting to the death, is shown in submissive pose as he gives thanks for his survival before an ethereal female figure accepting the gesture. The reverse again has a highly polished background, the dominant element - a stylished rendering of the surgeon's knot, as old as the branch of medicine so long associated with the healing of the wounded and injured.
The ribbon comprises a broad central band of rich red bound on either side by narrow bands of blue representing the arteries and veins of the body. These elements are in turn bound on the outer edges by bands of clinical white representing the sterile conditions necessary for recovery. The ribbon is attached to the medal by a suspender comprising oak leaves symbolic of strength and bravery.
A Poppy on the ribbon distinguishes medals issued posthumously. It has a plated finish to avoid tarnishing or soiling of the ribbon. P
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Medal Edge Engraving
Your service number, rank, name & initials and regiment or service can be professionally diamond engraved on the edge of your Hors de Combat Medal making it an even more personal and precious heirloom.
Individually Engraved Clasps
The individually engraved, nickel clasps, specifically designed to match the finish of this medal to highlight the details of your service are suitable for fitting to the medal ribbon (we recommend no more than three clasps are fitted to The Hors de Combat Medal).
This medal is supplied on a single pin ready to wear.