1914-15 Star medal awarded to Pte. Albert Harrison Cox, service number 3279, 13th Battalion, A.I.F., for service in World War I.
Cox was born at Maitland, New South Wales in 1891 and was a grocer before enlisting on 11 August 1915, aged 24 years and 11 months. Wounded by a gunshot to the elbow in France, he was sent to England to recover. Cox then returned to the front in France in March 1917 but suffered from trench foot. He was hospitalised in England once more before rejoining his battalion. Cox returned to Australia on 13 April 1919.
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; '3279 PTE. A.H. COX. 13/BN. A.I.F.'.
Obverse; '1914 - 15 / GV' (King George V). Reverse; '3279 PTE. A.H. COX. 13/BN. A.I.F.'.
Type of item
45 mm (Width), 62 mm (Height)
Height to top of support ring.
Star with loop and ribbon
References: Http://www.naa.gov.au/The_Collection/Defence/Conflicts/ww1/ww1.html. National Archives of Australia; B2455 World War One service record.
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