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British World War One Medals: The 1914 and 1914-15 Stars


There are three variations of these campaign medals which were awarded to both officers and men of the British and Imperial forces who saw service in any theatre of war during World War One between 1914 and 1915. These medals were never awarded singularly and were generally presented to those who were awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

The 1914 Star and The Mons Star

Nearly 400,000 ‘1914’ stars were awarded to all British soldiers who served in both France and Belgium on the strength of a unit between 5th August 1914 and midnight on 22nd/23rd November 1914. In addition, those who had been previously issued with this medal and came under fire were awarded an additional bar in 1919. With this addition, the medal came to be known as ‘The Mons Star’.

The 1914-15 Star

The 1914-15 Star is almost identical to the aforementioned except that the central scroll to the medal bears the dates 1914 -15, as opposed to solely 1914 with AUG inscribed above and NOV below. The 1914-15 Star was awarded to all British soldiers who saw service in any theatre of war between 5th August 1914 and 31st December 1915, with the exception of those who qualified for the 1914 Stars.

For more medal blogs, please see The Mercantile Marine War Medal and British World War One Medals: The British War Medal 1914-1920.

If you have any military medals you would like to have valued, please contact Robin Newcombe of Grand Auctions, Folkestone, Kent.


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