BRITISH ARMY MEDAL PAIR GROUP A&S PLUS ROYAL AIR FORCE
Original WW1 British Army Service Medal pair to Hugh Francis, who served with both the Argyl & Sutherland Highlanders and also the Royal Air Force during the First World War.
Medals include:British War Medal and Victory Medal - all named in impressed capitals with the following:
British War Medal and Victory Medal - S-8310 PTE. H. FRANCIS. A. & S. H.
Medal ribbons have been glued to a backing board and are quite stiff (good in my opinion!) and come with a transcribed copy of his MIC. Good combination of service.
*The British war Medal was approved in 1919, for issue to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who had rendered service between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Officers and men of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and Dominion and Colonial naval forces (including reserves) were required to have completed 28 days mobilised service – the medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period. The medal was later extended to cover the period 1919–20 and service in mine-clearing at sea as well as participation in operations in North and South Russia, the eastern Baltic, Siberia, the Black Sea, and the Caspian.
*The Victory Medal (also called the Inter-Allied Victory Medal) is a campaign medal - of which the basic design and ribbon was adopted by Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Siam, Union of South Africa and the USA in accordance with decisions as taken at the Inter-Allied Peace Conference at Versailles as illustrated (a 'Winged Victory) but in a particular form of this historic Greek monument as determined by each nation, with the exception of the nations in the Far East who issued the medal but with a different design. The dates of the war were in every case 1914 to 1918, except that of the British Empire, which gave the dates as illustrated (1914 to 1919 with 1921 being the year in which the war ended in point of Parliamentary law but in 1919 under common law relating to the status and functions of the monarchy).