Military Medal, George V, 1st Issue, awarded to Pte. B. McCartney, service number 14884, 8th York Regiment.

The Military Medal was instituted on 25 March 1916 as a gallantry medal for NCOs and men in the army for individual or associated acts of bravery, in June 1916 it was extended to women. Bars are awarded for additional acts that would warrant the medal. During World War I 115,600 Military Medals were awarded, 5796 first bars, 180 second bars and one third bar. In 1993 this award was discontinued.

Obverse Description

A bust of George V wearing field marshal's uniform, head bare, facing left; around, GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:; the artist's initials B.M. (Bertram MacKennal) are on the bust truncation.

Reverse Description

The reverse has the Royal cypher GVR (George V King) above the legend FOR BRAVERY IN THE FIELD within a laurel wreath with crown at top.

Edge Description

14884 PTE. B. Mc. CARTNEY. 8 / YORK. R.

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