British Set of WWI & WWII Medals With Original Owner Information


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Some fine examples of various world war medals here.

These seem to have belonged to a man by the name of Heber Stanley Morgan and are accompanied by some document copies and general information. Heber apears to have been a special constable who served during World War I and then went on to participate in the second world war years after.

As for the medals, starting with the one on the left we have the British War Medal. This is a campaign medal which was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces for service in the First World War. The British War Medal was instituted on 26 July 1919 for award to those who had rendered service between 5 August 1914, the day following the British declaration of war against the German Empire, and the armistice of 11 November 1918. It depicts George V.

Next to this we have the Victory Medal which is also known as the Inter-Allied Victory Medal. Recipients of this medal would have served in the armed forces of the United Kingdom or the British Empire and have entered any theatre of war between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. While home service did not count, United Kingdom based members of the RAF who were actively engaged in the air against the enemy did qualify. Women qualified for this and other First World War campaign medals while serving in nursing and auxiliary forces in a theatre of war. The medal is bronze with the obverse showing a winged figure of ‘Victory’ (or ‘Victoria’) with her left arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand. Whereas the reverse has the words ‘The Great War For Civilisation’ in four lines, all surrounded by a laurel wreath.

The next 2 medals are from world war II.
The first of these is the Defence Medal, which is a campaign medal instituted by the United Kingdom on May 1945, to be awarded to subjects of the British Commonwealth for both non-operational military and certain types of civilian war service during WWII. It features the head of the then Monarch George VI as well as the words GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX F:D:IND:IMP which is Latin for George the sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India.

The other is the War Medal of 1939-1945. This campaign medal was instituted by the United Kingdom on 16 August 1945, for subjects of the British Commonwealth who had served full time in the Armed Forces or the Merchant Navy between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945. The one seen here is in great condition. It features the head of the then Monarch George VI as well as the words GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX ET INDIAE IMP: which is Latin for George the sixth, omnipotent king of Great Britain and Emperor of India.

Finally we come to the medal on the far right. This is the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal. Established on 30 August 1919 by Royal Warrant, this was to recognise the service of the members of the Special Constabulary during World War I and to recognise years of service as a member of the Special Constabulary. Special Constables who served during World War I & II for three years, and performed at least 150 police duties were eligible to be awarded the medal, so too could Special Constables who had been recommended by the Chief Officer of Police of the department in which they serve so long as they had served for at least nine years, and willingly and competently discharged their duty as a Special Constable. This medal is bronze. The obverse bears the effigy of George VI and the reverse bears the inscription in six lines For Faithful Service In The Special Constabulary, with a wreath below and to the right of the inscription.

All medals are in a fine condition with only some small signs of their age and would look fantastic on display, either on their own or as part of a larger collection.

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Weight 0.5 kg

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