Encyclopedia - 1914-15 Star

1914-15 Star campaign medal The 1914-14 Star (not to be confused with the 1914 Star) comprised a medal awarded by British authorities to those who had given service in the fight against the Central Powers between the outbreak of war in August 1914 and the end of 1915, either on land or at sea.

Those who had already received the 1914 Star were not eligible for the 1914-15 Star.

The obverse of the medal - which was a bronze, four-pointed star (the uppermost point replaced by a crown), 50mm in height and 45mm in width - featured a scroll with the dates 1914-15 spread across (without the accompanying AUG and NOV featured on the 1914 Star), surrounded by a laurel wreath.  The Royal Cypher GV was written across the bottom.  The reverse of the medal was engraved with the recipient's number, rank and name.

No additional Bar was available for subsequent award.

Instituted in December 1918 some 2,366,000 1914-15 Stars were awarded in total.  The medal was always awarded in conjunction with the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Included among the medal's recipients were nursing personnel who had served on the battlefront.

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