British War Medal

Silver circular medal featuring a bust of George V




British War Medal

 British War Medal

The British War Medal was awarded by British authorities to those who served in a theatre of war, or rendered approved service overseas between 5 August 1914 and 11 Novem]ber 1918. Service in Russia in 1919 and 1920 also qualified for the award.

The medal itself is a silver circular medal featuring a bust of George the fifth on it’s obverse and St. George on horseback and the dates 1914-1918 on it’s reverse.

All of the medals were officially named with the recipient’s number, rank, name and unit. (In the case of commissioned officers medals no number or unit will be present.) Abbreviations were used for the recipient’s ranks (see full list on the website) such as Pte. (Private) and R. D. F. (Royal Dublin Fusiliers).

Approximately 2,366,000 of these medals were issued.

BWM BoxBritish War and Victory Medal box of issue


British War Medal certificate of issueBritish War and Victory Medal issuing certificate


 Envelope used for posting the British War and Victory Medal

British War Medal envelope