Obverse design: King George V, bust, in uniform (Field Marshal).
Obverse legend: "GEORGIVS V BRITT : OMN : REX ET IND : IMP :"
Reverse design: wreath, made of two sprigs of laurel tied together at the base with a ribbon, surrounding the GVR cypher and text, and surmounted by a small crown.
Reverse text: "FOR BRAVERY IN THE FIELD".
Suspender form: ornate bar, scrolled, swivel.
Ribbon colours: dark blue & white & crimson.
Ribbon pattern: dark blue with three white stripes, 3 mm wide, and two crimson stripes, 3.5 mm wide.
Bar (when awarded) design : straight bar, laurelled.
(Component parts: medal and bar)
Military Medal awarded to Sergeant B Buchanan, 38th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force
Medal citation: 'For conspicuous gallantry during the operations on Vimy Ridge between 9th and 13th April, 1917. During a very critical moment when the enemy were counter attacking about ten men belonging to various Battns. commenced to retire. In spite of heavy fire Cpl. Buchanan rushed out in the open, rounded them up, and organized them with his own section, and made them dig in. This act was reported from several sources and it is considered that his promptness, saved what might have developed into a serious situation. It is considered that he is fully deserving of an immediate award. (A.F.W.3121 29-4-17)'
First World War gallantry medal (MM and Bar) awarded to (410041) Sergeant Bruce Buchanan, 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Bruce Buchanan (MM and Bar) was born in Hastings (Sussex, England) on 17 November 1887. He enlisted in the Canadian Forces in Ottowa, Ontario, on 15 April 1915. He was mobilized for active service with the 43rd Regiment, Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles. He actually served in France with the 38th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force from 14 August 1916 to 1 May 1919. His rank at the time of his discharge was Company Sergeant Major.