The Victory Medal
The Victory Medal (also
called the Allied Victory Medal) is a campaign medal -
of which the basic design and ribbon was adopted by
Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece,
Italy, Japan, Portugal, Romania, Siam, Union of South
Africa and the USA.
The medal was issued to
all those who received the 1914 Star or the 1914-15
Star, and to most of those who were awarded the British
War Medal - it was never awarded singly. These three
medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip,
Squeak and Wilfred.
To qualify for the Victory medal one had to be mobilised in
any service and have entered a theatre of war between 5 August
1914 and 11 November 1918. Women qualified for this and the
earlier two medals, for service in nursing homes and other
It was also awarded to members of the British Naval mission
to Russia 1919 - 1920 and for mine clearance in the North Sea
between 11 November 1918 and 30 November 1919.
The Victory Medal is a 36mm diameter circular copper medal,
lacquered in bronze. The obverse shows the winged, full-length,
full-front, figure of Victory, with her left arm extended and
holding a palm branch in her right hand.
The reverse has the words ‘THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION /
1914-1919' in four lines, all surrounded by a laurel wreath.
The 39mm wide ribbon has a ‘two rainbow' design, with the
violet from each rainbow on the outside edges moving through to
a central red stripe where both rainbows meet.
Those personnel "Mentioned in Despatches" between 4 August
1914 and 10 August 1920 wear an oak leaf on the medal's ribbon.