First World War Medals Alfred James William Flight
Military Medal. 13706 SJT. A. FLIGHT. 8/GLOUC.R.
The Military Medal Was Introduced by Royal Warrant of 25 March 1916 as an award to Army N.C.O.'s and men for individual or even associated acts of bravery in the field, brought to notice by the recommendation of a Commander in the field.
The silver medals were issued named in impressed capital letters. There are six different obverse heads and legends and four reverse types with differing cyphers.
Obverse: The Royal Effigy
Reverse: "FOR BRAVERY IN THE FIELD" encircled by a wreath and surmounted by the Royal Cypher and Crown.
In the First World War approximately 115,600 medals were awarded.
The Gloucester Journal of Saturday June 28 1919, on page 7, noted:
The following awards are officially gazetted (June 17)
13706 Sgt. A. Flight 8th Bn. (Coaley)
Several other local men were also listed on the same date.
Further background information on the Medal can be found at http://www.firstworldwar.com/atoz/militarymedal.htm
1914-1915 Star. PTE. A. FLIGHT. GLOUC:R.
Sanctioned in 1918, and virtually identical to the 1914 Star, except that the central scroll carries the date 1914-5. It was awarded to those who saw service in any theatre of war between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915, even those who served at sea. It is inscribed with their name on the back.
Further background information on the Medal can be found at http://www.firstworldwar.com/atoz/191415star.htm
British War Medal. 13706. SJT. A. FLIGHT. GLOUC. R.
Issued to commemorate some of the most terrible battles ever known. The medal was authorised on 29 July 1919 and awarded to all ranks who rendered service to His Majesty's Forces between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918, or who had served in a theatre of war. Issued in silver and bronze; the bronze for Chinese, Indian, Maltese and other native labour corps. 6,500,000 medals in silver were issued, and 110,000 in bronze.
Further background information on the Medal can be found at http://www.firstworldwar.com/atoz/bwm.htm
Victory Medal. 13706 SJT. A. FLIGHT. GLOUC.R.
Issued in bronze to all those who had received the 1914 or 1914/15 stars, and to most of those issued with the British War Medal. It is inscribed on reverse "The Great War for Civilisation 1914-19".
The medal was authorised in Britain on 1 September 1919.
Further background information on the Medal can be found at http://www.firstworldwar.com/atoz/victorymedal.htm