British Military medal (replacement), King George V, 1st Issue, awarded to Cpl. William John Clarke, service number 328001, W.Rid.R. (West Riding Regiment), circa 1917.
Medal group of 5 includes: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and War Medal 1939-1945. He served in the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment, 7th Battalion (Doncaster), Great Britain. The Regiment raised 23 Battalions.
The Military Medal was awarded to Clarke for 'acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire or for individual or associated acts of bravery which were insufficient to merit the Distinguished Conduct Medal' (Gazette issue # 31405, date 13/06/1919, page 7673).
According to the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, the replacement was issued on 1 August 1956.
This decoration for army NCOs and men was introduced on 25 March 1916 for acts of bravery in the field.
Silver medal with ribbon. Obverse has bust of King George V facing left wearing the uniform of a Field Marshal, the artist's initials "B.M." on the neck truncation; around, "GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:".
Reverse has monogram "GVR" below a small crown and above the legend: "FOR BRAVERY IN THE FIELD" within a laurel wreath.
"328001. CPL. W.J. CLARKE W.RID.R. (REPLACEMENT)"
Donation from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mrs T. D. Barlow, 24/03/1981
circa 1917 AD
328001. CPL. W.J. CLARKE W.RID.R. (REPLACEMENT)
Type of item
160 mm (Width), 81 mm (Height)
Size of group, not individual medal.
mounted medal group
References: National Archives, UK, reference number for Clarke records: WO 372/23/91217. For the Military Medal, note that announcements in the London Gazette are the only surviving record for World War I. These announcements usually only list the name and rank.