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Medal Commemorative of the War (Médaille Commémorative de la Guerre / Oorlogsherinnerinsmedaille) 1914-1918 with volunteer’s crown, bar for frontline service and three prisoner of war bars
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Medal Commemorative of the War (Médaille Commémorative de la Guerre / Oorlogsherinnerinsmedaille) 1914-1918 with volunteer’s crown, bar for frontline service and three prisoner of war bars
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Bronze medal in the form of an isosceles triangle with convex sides, with laterally-pierced loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the helmeted head of a soldier facing left with laurel branch, dated ‘1914-1918’ and surmounted by the Belgian lion rampant flanked by oak and laurel branches, signed ‘E.J. De Bremaecker’; the reverse inscribed in French and in Flemish ‘Medal Commemorative of the Campaign 1914-1918’ surmounted by a crown and with oak and laurel branches, signed ‘E.D.B’; on original ribbon mounted for wear in the Belgian style with gilt volunteer’s crown, a silver bar for frontline service representing one year's such service and three silver bars with blackened ground each representing six month's as a prisoner of war - a total of 18 months in captivity.

The Medal was instituted by Royal Decree on 21 July 1919 and intended to ‘attest in an apparent manner the merit of Belgian citizens who were in the ranks of the armed forces in the war of 1914-1918’ and was awarded for service in the Belgian army between 1st August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

It was also awarded to foreign nationals, such as members of the French medical corps who served in Belgian military hospitals.

A very good and rare example.

 
Medal Commemorative of the War (Médaille Commémorative de la Guerre / Oorlogsherinnerinsmedaille) 1914-1918 with volunteer’s crown, bar for frontline service and three prisoner of war bars
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Medal Commemorative of the War (Médaille Commémorative de la Guerre / Oorlogsherinnerinsmedaille) 1914-1918 with volunteer’s crown, bar for frontline service and three prisoner of war bars
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Medal Commemorative of the War (Médaille Commémorative de la Guerre / Oorlogsherinnerinsmedaille) 1914-1918 with volunteer’s crown, bar for frontline service and three prisoner of war bars
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Medal Commemorative of the War (Médaille Commémorative de la Guerre / Oorlogsherinnerinsmedaille) 1914-1918 with volunteer’s crown, bar for frontline service and three prisoner of war bars
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Medal Commemorative of the War (Médaille Commémorative de la Guerre / Oorlogsherinnerinsmedaille) 1914-1918 with volunteer’s crown, bar for frontline service and three prisoner of war bars
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