medal and ribbon
Circular silver medal approximately 36mm in diameter. The obverse design bears the coinage head of HM King George V surrounded by the legend 'GEORGIVS V BRITT : OMN: REX ET IND : IMP'. The reverse design depicts a male figure, naked, on horseback facing right, holding a sword in his right hand. The horse is trampling on the eagle shield of the Central Powers. To the left of the shield there is a skull and crossbones. In the distance can be seen the sea and above the figure, to the right, a shining sun. The dates 1914 and 1918 appear on the reverse. The medal is suspended from a plain straight suspender bar. The ribbon, approximately 32mm in width, is gold with narrow edge stripes of royal blue, black and white and is of watered silk. The recipient's details, 'COMMR. A.W.BUCKLE. R.N.V.R.' are impressed on the lower edge.
First World War service medal awarded to Commander Archibald Walter Buckle (DSO), Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Division.
For outline biographical note see OMD 4083.
The British War Medal was instituted by King George V in 1919 to mark the end of the Great War and record the service given. Approximately 6,500,00 silver and 110,000 bronze medals were issued. The bronze version of the medal was issued to Chinese, Maltese, Indian and other Labour Corps and also to other non-European personnel who were mobilised for war service and who received pay at military rates. The naming detail given on the medal differs according to rank and unit.