Medal, 1914-1915 Star, Cecil Hawes; 1920; 27.90a


Port Macquarie Museum


Medal, 1914-1915 Star, Cecil Hawes

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1914-1915 Star medal awarded to Cecil Thomas William Hawes [1897-1987], Service No. 2382, who served as a private with the 4th Australian Infantry Battalion of the AIF (Australian Imperial Force) during World War 1. The medal is attached to a ribbon and mounted together with other service medals to a large brass pin. Engraved on the reverse '2382/ PTE C. HAWES./ 4/ BN. A.I.F.'.

Cecil Hawes was born at Dubbo and enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) at Liverpool on 5 June 1915 at the age of 18 years and 4 months as a member of the 7th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion. He departed Australia in July 1915 and served in the Middle East, France and England. He received a gun shot wound which penetrated his chest in September 1918 and returned to Australia on 1 February 1919. He was medically discharged in April 1919 and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals in recognition of his war service.

Cecil Hawes became a staunch and active member of the Returned and Services League (RSL) for more than 60 years, leading a team of over 100 volunteers who visited ex-servicemen in Concord Repatriation and other hospitals across Sydney. He was made a life member of the RSL for his outstanding service to the organisation. He lived the final years of his life at Port Macquarie.

The medal consists of a four pointed star in bronze ensigned with a crown. The obverse has crossed gladius overlaid with an oak wreath that is ensigned with they cypher of King George V. A scroll with the words '1914-15' is placed across the centre of the crossed blades. The silk ribbon is red, white and blue colours of the British Empire in shaded and watered stripes.

The 1914–15 Star is a campaign medal of the British Empire which was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who served in any theatre of the First World War during 1914 and 1915. The medal was never awarded alone with recipients also awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. (See also 27.90b and 27.90c).

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Medium and Materials

Bronze, silk

Inscription and Marks

Engraved on reverse ' 2382/ PTE C. HAWES./ 4/ BN. A.I.F.'


110mm L, 110mm W

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Credit Line

Donor: Y Mant

Object Type

Commemorative medals

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