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The 1914 Star (Mons)


Media TitleThe 1914 Star (Mons)
Media NotesThe 1914 Star campaign medal - also commonly referred to as the Mons Star - was awarded by British authorities to those who served with either the British or Indian Expeditionary Force in France or Belgium between the outbreak of war in August 1914 and 22/23 November 1914.

Comprising a lacquered bronze star, the uppermost star took the form of the imperial crown. A pair of crossed swords (topped by an oak leaf) featured on the obverse of the medal. An inscription upon the star bore the legend Aug-Nov 1914. The reverse of the medal carried the recipient's number, rank, name and unit.

A Bar was instituted by King George V on 19 October 1919 in recognition of men who "actually served under fire of the enemy" between the specified dates. The Bar bore the inscription 5 Aug to 22 Nov 1914. There were 378,000 issued in total.

Holders of the 1914 Star were not entitled to the subsequent 1914-15 Star.
DateAdded 05 May 2013

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