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British War Medal, 1914-1920, attributed, 1st Regiment, South African Infantry
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British War Medal, 1914-1920, attributed, 1st Regiment, South African Infantry
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Circular silver medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the head of King George V facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND : IMP:’(George V King of Great Britain and Emperor of India), signed ‘BM’ (for Sir Bertram Mackennal, 1863-1931) on the base of the neck; the reverse with St. George on horseback, reins in his left hand, a sword in his right, trampling a shield bearing an eagle with wings outstretched and a skull and crossbones, wavy lines denoting the sea beyond, a radiant rising sun upper right, dated ‘1914’ and ‘1918’ upper left and right respectively, signed ‘W McM’ (for William McMillan, 1887-1977 who also designed the British Inter-Allied Victory Medal); attributed on the edge to ‘CPL W. S. JEFFARES. 1ST S.A.I.’ (Corporal W.S. Jeffares 1st South African Infantry); age toned, impact to the edge of the rim from naming; on replaced correct ribbon. The medal was instituted in 1919 and awarded to members of the British and Imperial forces who had served between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Officers and men of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, and Dominion and Colonial naval forces were required to have completed 28 days mobilised service, though this was waived if active service had been terminated by death. The award criteria were subsequently extended to include post-war mine-clearing at sea and service in operations in Russia in 1919-20. William Samuel Jeffares, an outfitter, enlisted in the South African Field Artillery on 14 June 1917. He was transferred to 1st Regiment (Brigade) South African Infantry on 28 June and embarked for Europe at Cape Town on 14 July 1917. He must have been badly wounded soon after his arrival in France as he was admitted to Woking Military Hospital on 28 November 1917 and was not discharged until 25 May 1918. He rejoined his unit in France on 28 August 1918. He arrived back in England after the war in late March 1919 and reached South Africa on 28 May 1919. In one of the copies of his book ‘The South African Forces in France’, John Buchan wrote ‘It is invidious to compare the worth of gallant men, but I think all soldiers would agree that at any vote the South African Infantry Brigade had no superior’. Sold with a South African Infantry badge and a four-page photocopy of Corporal Jeffares service record.

 
British War Medal, 1914-1920, attributed, 1st Regiment, South African Infantry
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British War Medal, 1914-1920, attributed, 1st Regiment, South African Infantry
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British War Medal, 1914-1920, attributed, 1st Regiment, South African Infantry
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British War Medal, 1914-1920, attributed, 1st Regiment, South African Infantry
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British War Medal, 1914-1920, attributed, 1st Regiment, South African Infantry
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British War Medal, 1914-1920, attributed, 1st Regiment, South African Infantry
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