1914-15 Star medal awarded to Pte. Frederick John Hurst, service number 2702, 6th Battalion, A.I.F., for service in World War I.
Private Hurst was a labourer in Broken Hill when he joined at Ballart on 19 June 1915 aged 19 years and 9 months. He was invalided on 25 April 1916 in France due to heart disease and was judged 10% incapacitated. He was discharged on 21 January 1917 and later died on 23 February 1919. The cause was accepted as being due to war service and medals were sent to his mother, Catherine Hurst, residing at Sharwood St, Ballarat East.
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.
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; '2702 PTE. F.J. HURST. 6 / BN. A.I.F.'.
Donation from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mrs June Rodgers, 08/1986
Obverse; '1914 - 15 / GV' (King George V). Reverse; '2702 PTE. F.J. HURST. 6 / BN. A.I.F.'.
Type of item
45 mm (Width), 62 mm (Height)
Height to top of suspension ring.
Star with loop and ribbon
References: National Archives of Australia; B2455 World War One service records [Link 1] War I/World War I.html
[Book] Joslin, E C., et al. 1988. British Battles and Medals., 227 Pages