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Royal Red Cross Medal of Merit, 1918, bronze
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Royal Red Cross Medal of Merit, 1918, bronze
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Circular bronze medal with laterally-pierced cylinder for ribbon suspension; the face with three concentric circles, the innermost with a Greek (Geneva) cross with vertical hatching denoting the heraldic colour gules (red) the next with the date ‘1915’, the outer inscribed ‘БЪЛГАРСКО ДРУЖЕСТВО ЧЕРВЕНЪ КРЪСТЪ’ (Bulgarian Red Cross Organisation); the reverse with a shield bearing the Saxon arms and supporting the Bulgarian royal crown within a circular laurel wreath, inscribed below ‘ЭА ПРИЭНАТЕЛНОСТЬ’ (for Recognition); on an old incorrect trifold ribbon. The medal was created by Decree No. 9 on 15 February 1918 in two classes - silver and bronze - and awarded for acts of philanthropy and humanity during World War I, 1915 being the date of Bulgaria’s entry into the war. The first Red Cross Society was formed in Bulgaria in October 1878 and the National Society was established on 20 September 1885 and recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross on 20 October of that year. During World War I the Society was very active in assisting the war wounded with medical trains and field hospitals.

 
Royal Red Cross Medal of Merit, 1918, bronze
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Royal Red Cross Medal of Merit, 1918, bronze
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Royal Red Cross Medal of Merit, 1918, bronze
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