Hanseatic War Merit Cross, issued by Hamburg, Germany, 1914-1918.
Medal was instituted on 10 September 1915. Each of the three ancient Hanseatic Cities; Hamburg, Bremen and Lubeck, issued a cross of similar design in World War I, differing only in the coat of arms represented on the central medallion. The medal was awarded for meritorious service during the war.
Red enamel and silver cross with a central medallion bearing silver Hamburg arms of a three towered castle.
Reverse is silver with central medallion inscribed: "Fur Verdienst / im / Kriege / 1914' (For Merit in War / 1914).
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Reverse reads: "Fur Verdienst / im / Kriege / 1914' (For Merit in War / 1914).
Silver and enamel
Type of item
40 mm (Width), 45 mm (Height)
Cross with ribbon
References: [Link 1] accessed Aug 2014.