M997.13.3a | John McCrae's British War Medal

 
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Military medal
John McCrae's British War Medal
About 1919, 20th century
14 x 3.6 cm
M997.13.3a
This artefact belongs to : © Guelph Museums
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An allegory often presents an idea through an image of a heroic figure. On this medal, St. George on horseback illustrates the physical and mental strength necessary to achieve victory. The horse and rider trample the Prussian shield, skull and cross-bones.

Of the 650,000 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, 427,993 were issued this medal. It was possible to receive this medal alone, but it would usually be accompanied by the Allied Victory Medal.

  • What

    The allegorical figures pictured on this medal illustrate the physical and mental strength necessary to achieve victory. The sun of victory is depicted in the upper right.

  • Where

    This medal was awarded to John McCrae for service in France.

  • When

    The medal was authorised by the British government on July 29, 1919.

  • Who

    The medal was awarded to all ranks of the Canadian forces overseas who came from Canada between August 5, 1914 and November 11, 1918.