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The World War I Medals of William James Norman of Pilton


After the war, three medals were awarded to most servicemen – the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
The British War Medal, 1914-1920 was issued to all members of the armed services who left his/her native shore. The medal has King George V on the obverse and Saint George on the reverse. The bronze Victory Medal was awarded to all those who fought. The lacquered bronze 1914 Star was awarded to all officers, warrant and non-commissioned officers and all men of the British and Indian Forces, including civilian medical practitioners, nursing sisters, nurses and others employed with military hospitals. The 1914-15 Star was awarded to those who served before 1916 but did not qualify for the 1914 Star.
Download this document to learn more about the stories around the medals, in particular those awarded to William James Norman of Pilton.
Many thanks to his grandson, John Norman, for allowing us to photograph his grandfather’s medals and death plaque.

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