The 1914 Star

The 1914 Star was the first of a series instituted between 1917 and 1919 to recognise service in the First World War (1914-1918). It was awarded for service in Belgium and France between 5 August 1914 and 22 November 1914. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Mons Star’. One clasp was issued bearing the dates “5th Aug.- 22nd Nov. 1914”, to those who had actually been under fire in Belgium and France in this period. This is the first medal for which the clasp was sewn onto the medal ribbon. The ribbon’s red, white and blue shaded and watered bands represent the flag of the United Kingdom.