Victory medal (replacement), Great Britain, 1914-1919. One of a group of five medals awarded to Cpl. William John Clarke, service number 328001, W.R.W., (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 was issued on 1 August 1956.
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.
A 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 bears the text: "THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION /1914-1919" within a circular wreath of laurel.
Edge inscription: "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 inscription: "W.McM." (W. McMillan - artist's initials). Reverse inscription: "THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914-1919". Edge inscription: "328001 CPL. W.J. CLARKE. W.RID.R. (REPLACEMENT)".
Type of item
50 mm (Height), 36 mm (Outside Diameter)
Height to top of ring of Victory medal.
Round with loop and ribbon
References: National Archives, UK, reference number for Clarke records: WO 372/23/91217.
[Book] Joslin, E C., et al. 1988. British Battles and Medals., 230 - 1 Pages