British Set of WWI & WWII Medals With Original Owner Information


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A terrific set of medals to be sure with quite the story behind them.

To start with on the far left we have the first of the 2 WWI medals, 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.

The other WWI medal is the Mercantile Marine War Medal. Instituted at the same time as the previous medal, this was given to those whom of which had taken one or more voyages through a danger zone during the war, as did service at sea for at least six months between 4 August 1914 and 11 November 1918.

Next are the WWII medals.

In the centre is the 1939-1945 Star. Instituted on 8 July 1943, this campaign medal was too awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. To the right of this is the Atlantic Star from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945, the duration of the Battle of the Atlantic and the War in Europe.

Finally there is the medal to the far right which 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 quite a good condition though the ribbon is a little worn. 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.

As for the man who earned these medals, his name was Harry Osman. It would seem that Harry not only served and fought in the great war, earning naval medals, but did in fact go on to serve once again in WWII in his 60’s. Truly an inspirational feet. Copies of his information and documents accompany his medals.

All medals are in a fine condition with only some small signs of their age.

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Weight 0.5 kg

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