British War Medal

Maker
McMillan, William (b.1887, d.1977)
Production date
Circa 1919
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Object detail

Description
The obverse of this medal shows the uncrowned left-facing profile of King George V by Sir Bertram Mackennal. The reverse of the medal depicts St George on horseback trampling underfoot the eagle shield of the Central Powers, and a skull and cross-bones (the emblems of death). Above, the sun has risen in victory. The figure is mounted on horseback to symbolise man's mind controlling a force of greater strength than his own, and thus alludes to the scientific and mechanical developments and machines which helped to win the war.

The ribbon consists of an orange watered centre, with thin stripes of white and black at each side, and borders of royal blue.

Issued to Lieut F Chilton.
Production date
Circa 1919
Production period
Collection type
Media/materials
Silver, ribbon
Measurements
Medal = 36mm in diameter
Accession number
05/0122
System ID
1570
Current Rights
Culture Waitaki Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence
Organisation Credit Line
Collection of the Waitaki Museum. Id 1570

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