1914-15 Star medal awarded to Private Frank Adams, service number 2104, 5th Battaliion, 1-12 Reinforcements, A.I.F., for service in World War I.
Private Adams was born in Spotswood, Victoria. Previously employed as a grocer he joined on 6 March 1915, aged 25 years and 10 months. Adams embarked on 25 June, 1915 aboard the HMAT Ceramic departing from Sydney. Once in Gallipoli he was injured by a shell wound to the head resulting in a compound fracture of the skull. Adams was operated on on the hospital ship and then transferred to a London hospital in 1915. He was discharged on 30 July 1916 as an invalid.
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; '2104 PTE. F. ADAMS. 5/BN. A.I.F.'.
Obverse; '1914 - 15 / GV' (King George V). Reverse; '2104 PTE. F. ADAMS. 5/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 of Australia; B2455 World War One service records [Link 1]
[Book] Joslin, E C., et al. 1988. British Battles and Medals., 227 Pages