Medals - 'World War 1 Trio'; 1920s; 005/075b
Medals - 'World War 1 Trio'About this object
This group of medals, known as the ‘World War One trio’, features: the 1914–15 Star, awarded to veterans of British, colonial and dominion armies who had served in any theatre of war between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915; the British war medal, awarded to all veterans who served at least 28 days overseas between 1914 and 1918; and the Victory Medal, also awarded to all veterans who had been mobilised in any service.
This set of medals was awarded to Leo de Saxe. You can read a detailed article about de Saxe by following the link to the MDHS Journal article about him.
Note: This set of medals was also known as 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred' - the name of cartoon characters popular at the time of the medals' release in the 1920s.
1920sInscription and Marks
1914-1915 Star (Pip) The four pointed star is bright bronze, ensigned with a crown. The obverse has crossed gladius, overlaid with an oak wreath that is ensigned with the cypher of King George V. A scroll bearing the legend 1914-15 is centrally placed across the crossed blades.
British War Medal 1914-20 (Squeak) The medal is cupro-nickel with the effigy of George V on the obverse.
The reverse has an image of St George on horseback trampling underfoot the eagle shield of the Central Powers, and a skull and cross-bones, the emblems of death. Above this is the risen sun of victory. The years 1914 and 1918 are contained on the outside edge medal.
Victory Medal (Wilfred) The medal is bronze with a winged figure of Victory on the obverse. The reverse has the words ‘THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILISATION’, all surrounded by a laurel wreath.
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