Victory Medal 1914-1919 with ring mount and ribbon awarded to Clifford Henry Nowell, service number 1586, A.B. Royal Australian Navy.
Nowell was born 15 March 1894, in Camperdown, Victoria, He joined the Navy 15 April 1912 and served for seven years. He was discharged 19 July 1919.
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.
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.
The words, 'THE GREAT . WAR FOR . CIVILISATION 1914 - 1919' within a circular wreath of laurel.
Text; '1586 C.H. NOWELL. A.B. R.A.N.'.
Donation from Mr Trevor Plumridge, (Estate of) Mr Clifford H. Nowell - Nowell Collection, 20 Feb 1986
Obverse; 'W.McM.' (W. McMillan - artist). Reverse; 'THE GREAT . WAR FOR . CIVILISATION 1914-1919'. Edge; '1586 C.H. NOWELL. A.B. R.A.N.'.
Type of item
50 mm (Height), 36 mm (Outside Diameter)
Height to top of loop.
Round with loop and ribbon
References: [Link 1]
[Book] Joslin, E C., et al. 1988. British Battles and Medals., 230 - 1 Pages
[Book] Winzenried, A. P. 1991. Green Grows Our Garden: a Centenary History of Horticultural Education at Burnley.