Summary

Group of three medals awarded to Pte. George Walter Connell, service number 1924, 5th Battalion, A.I.F.
Group includes (in order) the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914-15 Star.

Private Connell was born in Daylesford, Victoria. He was a labourer when he joined on 8 January 1915, aged 18 years.
He embarked on July 1915 and was wounded in action at Gallipoli on 20 November 1915. He then rejoined his unit and suffered a gunshot wound to the head on 29 November 1915. Private Connell returned to Australia and was discharged on August 1916.
In 1967 Private Connell was living at 3 Vail St, Prahran, Victoria when he received the Anzac Commemorative Medallion.

"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." (National Archives, UK) A total of 350,000 British War Medals were issued.

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.

The 1914-15 Star was authorised in 1918 to be awarded to those who saw service between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915 (excluding those who were eligibile for the 1914 Star) - 2,350,000 were issued.

Physical Description

Group of Three Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Obverse Description

Group of three mounted medals with ribbons.

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