Victory Medal 1914-1919 with ring mount and ribbon awarded to Pte. Stanley Frank Greves, service number 373, 6th Battalion, A.I.F.

Private Greves was born in Chester, England. His father resided at 1 Dorothy St, Brunswick. Greves joined on 8 August 1914 and was in the 2nd Field Ambulance. He went to Gallipoli in April 1915. Greves was admitted to hospital in Malta with a serious gun shot wound to the neck and on 17 May 1915 was hospitalised in England. He was discharged in March 1916 due to his wound and synovitis. In 1967, his widow Lillian Pauline Greves of 1/28 Chapel St, St Kilda applied for his Gallipoli Medallion.

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; '373 PTE. S.F. GREVES. 6 - BN. A.I.F.'.

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