British war medal, 1914-1920 (replacement). One of a group of five medals awarded to Cpl. William John Clarke, service number 328001.
Clarke served in the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment, 7th Battalion (Doncaster), Great Britain. The Regiment raised 23 Battalions.
Medal group includes: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and War Medal 1939-1945.
According to the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, the replacement medal (third from left in group) was issued on 1 August 1956.
"The British War Medal 1914-1920, authorised in 1919, was awarded to eligible service personnel and civilians alike. Qualification for the award varied slightly according to service. The basic requirement for army personnel and civilians was that they either entered a theatre of war, or rendered approved service overseas between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Service in Russia in 1919 and 1920 also qualified for the award."
Bare head of King George V facing left; text around, 'GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:'; the artist's initials 'B.M.' (Bertram MacKennal) are on the neck truncation.
Naked figure of St. George on horseback advancing right trampling a shield bearing an eagle design and a skull and crossbone. Above, the sun; in the background, the ocean; text around, '1914 1918'.
Text; '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
Obverse; 'GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:'. 'B.M.' (Bertram MacKennal - artist). Reverse; '1914 1918'. Edge; '328001 CPL. W.J. CLARKE. W.RID.R. (REPLACEMENT)'.
Type of item
36 mm (Outside Diameter)
British War medal only.
Round with mount and ribbon
References: [Link 1] - National Archives, UK, reference number for Clarke records: WO 372/23/91217.
[Book] Joslin, E C., et al. 1988. British Battles and Medals., 228 - 9 Pages