Medal 1 in the above image:

1914 Star and 1914/1915 Star. The 1914 Star was awarded to those who saw service in France and Belgium between 5th Aug and 22 Nov 1914. The 1914/15 Star was awarded to those service personnel and civilians who saw service in France and Belgium from 23 Nov 1914 to 31 Dec 1915 and to those who saw service in any other operational theatre, apart from France and Belgium, between 5 August 1914 and 31 Dec 1915. Some 366,622  1914

Stars were issued and 2,366,000 1914/15 Stars were issued.

Medal 2 in the above image:

The British War Medal. Awarded to eligible service personnel and civilians alike. Basic requirement was an individual entered a theatre of war or rendered approved services overseas between 5 Aug 1914 and 11 Nov 1918.Service in Russia between 1919 and 1920 also qualified. 6.5 million silver medals were awarded and 110,000 bronze version medals were awarded to Chinese, Maltese and Indian labour corps.

Medal 3 in the above image:

The Victory Medal. Awarded to those eligible personnel who served on the establishment of a unit in an operational theatre. 6,335,522 medals were awarded.

These three medals were affectionately known as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred from a popular comic strip published by the Daily Mirror newspaper.

Pip was the dog, Squeak the penguin and Wilfrid was the young rabbit.

Medal 4 in the above image:

The Silver War Badge (SWB)

Sometimes erroneously called the Silver Wound Badge takes the form of a circular silver badge with the legend “For King and Empire – Services Rendered’ surrounding the George V cipher. It was awarded to those military personnel who were discharged as a result of sickness or wounds contracted or received during the War either at home or overseas. 1,150,000 badges were awarded.

Medal 5 & 6 in the above image:

The Military Medal and Military Cross.

Of similar level, the Cross being awarded to commissioned officers and the Medal to lower ranks. Both were awarded for bravery in the field and announced in the London Gazette, some accompanied by citations. Some 48,000 Military Crosses and 120,000 Military Medals were awarded.

Memorial Plaque

The Memorial Plaque was issued after the Great War to the next of kin of all British and Empire service personnel who were killed as a result of the War.

The plaques are 120mm in diameter and were cast in bronze. They became known as the ‘Dead Man’s Penny’.

1,355,000 were issued using a total of 450 tons of bronze.

Sadly, five families, connected with St Wenn, each received one of these plaques.

The St Wenn Medallion

A small silver medallion was awarded to each returning soldier from St Wenn and was given to the man at the Celebration in November 1919.

One side was inscribed ‘Welcome Home to St Wenn’ and the other side was inscribed with the soldiers’ initials.

Only some 37 medals were issued. Perhaps you could argue this is the rarest medal of the Great War!!

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