Africa Star medal (unnamed) that is part of a group of four. Person to whom it was awarded is not recorded.
Medals were issued unnamed to recipients from the UK and sometimes, when replacements, to Australians.
The medals were threaded by their ribbons to a riband bar with ribbons for the 1939-1945 Star, the Pacific Star, War Medal 1939-1945 and the Defence Medal - not the same as the medals themselves.
The Africa Star medal was awarded for service as follows:
Navy and Merchant Marine - service at sea in the Mediterranean between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943, or in support of Army operations in Abyssinia, Somaliland and Eritrea or for shore service as for Army.
Army - entry into the operational area on the posted strength of a unit or formation in the area between the Suez Canal and the Straits of Gibraltar between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943 or for service in operations in Abyssinia, Somaliland, Eritrea, Malta or Syria.
An arabic numeral '1' or '8' may be worn on this ribbon to denote service with the British 1st Army or 8th Army respectively.
A six pointed bronze star with loop and attached ribbon from top. The obverse features, below a crown, the Royal cypher GRI above the latin numeral VI (Translation- George VI King and Emperor); around THE AFRICA STAR.
Donation from Mrs N. Johnstone, 15 Apr 1986
NORTH AFRICA 1942 - 43 GRI VI (Translation- George VI King and Emperor) THE AFRICA STAR.
Type of item
40 mm (Width)
Star with loop and ribbon
[Book] Joslin, E C., et al. 1988. British Battles and Medals., 249 Pages