1914-1915 Star medal awarded to the late Cpl. Albert Victor Peile, service number 769, 3rd Battalion, A.I.F.
The son of John and Mary Agnes Peile, Albert was born at Taradale, Victoria. He was a 22 year old unmarried clerk when he joined on 27 August 1914. Shipped to the Middle East he also served in Gallipoli and later France. Albert died in Bullecourt, France on 4 May 1917 and is buried at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.
Albert's medal was inscribed 'DVR' for driver, but he was commissioned while in France. His last rank was corporal.
His older brother John was also killed in World War I.
The 1914-15 Star was authorised in 1918 to be awarded to those who saw service between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915 (excluding those who were eligible for the 1914 Star) - 2,350,000 were issued. Personnel who were eligible for the 1914-1915 Star automatically qualified for the British War Medal 1914-1920 and the Victory Medal 1914-19. Albert and John Peile were awarded all three which were then sent to their mother, Mary Agnes Peile, as their next of kin. The National Archives holds the receipts for these medals along with their service records.
Bronze four point star medal 'ensigned' by a crown. Ribbon is striped in the three colours of the Empire which are shaded and watered.
Four pointed star with the top point replaced by a crown with attached loop and ribbon, crossed swords project between the points of the star and at the centre, within an oak wreath, a scroll crossing the swords reads '1914-15'; at the base of the wreath is a large 'G' which encloses a 'V' (King George V).
Stamped; '769 DVR. A. V. PEILE. 3 / BN A.I.F'.
Donation from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mrs Margaret J. Hitchens, 1986
Obverse; '1914 - 15 / GV' (King George V). Reverse; '769 DVR. A. V. PEILE. 3 / BN A.I.F.'.
Type of item
43 mm (Width), 62 mm (Height)
Height to top of suspension ring.
Star with loop and ribbon
References: National Archives, PEILE Albert Victor, barcode 8010747. [Link 1]
[Book] Joslin, E C., et al. 1988. British Battles and Medals., 227 Pages