Victory Medal, Cecil Hawes; 1922; 27.90c


Port Macquarie Museum


Victory Medal, Cecil Hawes

About this object

Victory 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 around edge '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 is bronze with a winged figure of Victory on the obverse. The reverse has the words 'THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILISATION' and years '1914 - 1919' in the centre surrounded by a laurel wreath. The silk ribbon has a 'two rainbow' design with the violet from each rainbow on the outside edges moving through to a central red stripe.

The Victory Medal was authorised in 1919 to commemorate the victory of the Allied Forces. Each of the allied nations issued a Victory Medal to their own nationals using the standard ribbon but different medal designs to reflect national identity and custom. Australians were awarded the medal issued by Great Britain. The medal was issued to all those who received the 1914–15 Star, and to most of those who were awarded the British War Medal. Cecil Hawes received all three medals. (See also 27.90a and 27.90b).

Date Made


Medium and Materials

Metal alloy, silk

Inscription and Marks

The medal is engraved around the outer edge '2382 PTE. C. HAWES. 4BN. A.I.F.'

Designer's mark 'WM'


110mm L, 110mm W (mounted)

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Credit Line

Donor: Y Mant

Object Type

Commemorative medals

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