Commemorative Medal for the Albanian Retreat, 1915. Circular bronze medal with gilt crown suspension, the central circular gilt medallion superimposed on the Serbian double-headed eagle; the face with the head of Crown Prince Alexander facing left encircled by the Cyrillic inscription ‘To His Comrades of War * Alexander *’ within a laurel wreath; the reverse with the Cyrillic inscription ‘For Loyalty to the Fatherland 1915’; on original ribbon slightly frayed mounted for wear in the French style.
The Medal was created on 5 April 1920 and awarded to all military who took part in the terrible retreat in the winter of 1915 through the mountains of Albania to Corfu. Faced with annihilation by Austro-Hungarian and Bulgarian armies, the Serbian army, led by King Peter and Crown Prince Alexander, made an heroic retreat and was later to play a notable part in the breakout from Salonika that forced Bulgaria out of World War I. Its survival in 1915 and subsequent recovery was an important factor leading to the creation of Yugoslavia in 1918. The Medal was made by Huguenin Frères of Le Locle, Switzerland.
With an original somewhat worn Huguenin Frères envelope of issue inscribed ‘No 19 M. J. Rosa Jones’. Nursing Sister Rosa Jones served in The British Red Cross Society and Order of St John beginning with Calais Unit No. 1 and was awarded the 1914 Star. She was also entitled to the British War Medal 1914-1920 and the Inter-Allied Victory Medal, 1914-1919. Sold with copies of the Medal Rolls showing entitlement to her British awards.