Summary

Group of three mounted medals, World War I, engraved "1721 R.E.S. SMITH CKS MATE".

The medals comprise a 1914-15 Star; a British War Medal 1914-18 mounted on a Victory Medal ribbon; and a Victory Medal mounted on a War Medal ribbon.

Awarded to Reginald Edward Strickland Smith of the Royal Australian Navy. Leading Cook Smith was born on 31 July 1895 in Warracknabeal; his Next of Kin was St Heliers, Derby St, Kew. He joined the Navy on 1 June 1912, and served for seven years.

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 eligible for the 1914 Star) - 2,350,000 were issued.

"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.

Physical Description

Original bar used for holding medal group.

Obverse Description

Three mounted medals with ribbons.

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