Victory Medal 1914-1919 with ring mount and ribbon awarded to Pte. Frank Adams, service number 2104, 1-12 Reinforcements, 5th Battalion, A.I.F.

Private Adams was born in Spotswood and was a grocer before he joined on 6 March 1915 aged 25 years and 10 months. He embarked on 25 June, 1915 aboard the HMAT Ceramic, from Sydney, New South Wales. He was wounded on 8 August 1915, in Gallipoli by a shell wound to head, resulting in a compound fracture of the skull. He was operated on the hospital ship before being sent to a London hospital in 1915. Private Adams was discharged on 30 July 1916 as an invalid.

The Victory Medal was authorised in 1919 and was awarded to army, navy and air force personnel who served in a theatre of war between midnight 4th-5th August 1914 and midnight 11th-12th November 1918. The Allies resolved that, if they wished to issue a Victory Medal, it would share a common feature of a depiction of Victory on the obverse and a ribbon of red, yellow, green, blue and violet merged into a rainbow pattern. This medal, that of Great Britain, was awarded to personnel from countries in the British Empire (some 5,725,000 were issued). The other Allied countries that issued Victory medals were: Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Romania, Thailand, Union of South Africa and the United States of America.

Obverse Description

Figure of Victory facing three-quarters right with wings spread; in her right hand she holds a palm branch, her left hand is extended and open. The artist's initials, W.McM. (W. McMillan) are above the ground line on the right.

Reverse Description

The words, 'THE GREAT . WAR FOR . CIVILISATION 1914 - 1919' within a circular wreath of laurel.

Edge Description

Text; '2104 PTE. F. ADAMS. 5 BN. A.I.F.'.

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