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Miniature Great War, India and World War II Group of Seven: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, India General Service Medal 1908-1935, George V 1910-1930 issue, 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star and War Medal 1939-1945, bar-mounted
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Miniature Great War, India and World War II Group of Seven: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, India General Service Medal 1908-1935, George V 1910-1930 issue, 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star and War Medal 1939-1945, bar-mounted
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Miniature Group of Seven.

1914-15 Star. Miniature four-pointed faceted gilt bronze star with crown and loop suspension; the face with crossed swords and a circular oak wreath imposed, a ribbon centrally bearing the dates ‘1914-15’, the royal cipher ‘GV’ (for King George V) below; the reverse plain; diameter 19.81mm (0.78 inch).

The Star was instituted in 1918 and awarded to those who had served in any theatre of war between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915 but had not already been awarded the 1914 Star.

British War Medal, 1914-1920. Miniature 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); 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; diameter 17.81mm (0.7 inch).

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.

Inter-Allied Victory Medal, Great Britain and British Empire issue, 1914-1919. Miniature circular gilt bronze medal with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a winged figure of Victory; the reverse inscribed ‘THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILISATION 1914-1919’ within a circular laurel wreath; diameter 17.94mm (0.7 inch).

The idea of an inter-allied medal to commemorate victory in what was termed ‘The Great War for Civilisation’ is credited to the French Field-Marshal Foch. It was agreed that each of the Allies should issue a medal to their nationals featuring a figure representing ‘Victory’ on the front and have a symmetric double rainbow ribbon with red, the colour of courage and sacrifice at the centre, representing the colours of the allies flags and presenting an allegory of calm after storm. The British medal was instituted on 1 September 1919 to be awarded to all those who served in a theatre of operations between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. It was awarded also to all British Empire military, except those of South Africa, whose government issued their own variant. Additionally, it was awarded to those British servicemen active in the Hejaz and Aden after the end of the European war, for post-war mine clearance operations and for the Royal Navy mission to Russia, hence the latter date of 1919.

India General Service Medal 1908-1935, George V 1910-1930 issue Miniature circular silver medal with claw and ornate scroll swivel ribbon bar; the face with the crowned head and shoulders portrait of King George VI facing left in coronation robes, circumscribed ‘GEORGIUS V KAISAR-I-HIND’ (George V Emperor of India); the reverse with a view of Jamrud Fort and the entrance to the Khyber Pass, inscribed ‘INDIA’ on a plaque below with oak and laurel branches to either side; height 36.3mm (1.43 inches), diameter 18.27mm (0.72 inch).

The medal was instituted on 1 January 1909 for service in campaigns on India’s borders.

1939-1945 Star. Miniature bronze six-pointed faceted star with lateral loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the crowned cipher of King and Emperor George VI centrally within a stippled ring inscribed ‘THE 1939 - 1945 STAR’; the reverse plain; diameter 19.13mm (0.75 inch).

The Star was instituted in 1945 to be awarded for operational service between the declaration of war (3 September 1939) and V.J. Day (2 September 1945). Army personnel were required to complete six months’ service in an operational command. Airborne troops qualified if they had participated in any airborne operation and had completed two months’ service in a fully operational unit. Naval personnel were required to completed six months’ service and at least one voyage in an operational area. Air Force personnel were required to participate in operations against the enemy and to complete two months’ service in an operational unit. Non-aircrew personnel were required to complete six months’ service in an area of operational army command. For Royal Observer Corps personnel, the requirement was 1,080 days’ service. The Star was awarded immediately if service was terminated by death, disability or wounding. The award of a gallantry medal or of a Mention in Despatches led to immediate qualification for the Star.

Pacific Star, 1941-1945. Miniature gilt bronze six-pointed faceted star with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the crowned cipher of King and Emperor George VI centrally within a stippled ring inscribed ‘THE PACIFIC STAR’; the reverse plain; diameter 19.15mm (0.75 inch).

The Star was instituted in May 1945 to be awarded for operational service between the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (8 December 1941) and V.J. Day (2 September 1945). Candidates must first have qualified for the 1939-1945 Star, for which Army personnel were required to complete six months’ service in an operational command, Naval personnel to completed six months’ service and at least one voyage in an operational area and Air Force personnel to participate in operations against the enemy and to complete two months’ service in an operational unit. The qualifying maritime areas for the award were the Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean east of a line running due south from Singapore round the south-east coast of Sumatra, through Christmas Island, and southwards along the meridian of 110 degrees east. The Star was also awarded for operational service during conflict in those territories where there had been invasions; these included Hong Kong, Malaya, Nauru, Ocean Island, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Borneo, Sarawak, Celebes, the Bismarck Archipelago, the Molucca Islands, the Solomon Islands, Sumatra, Timor, Java and New Guinea but not Burma.. The Star was awarded immediately if service was terminated by death, disability or wounding. Anyone qualifying for both the Burma and Pacific Stars would be awarded only one - the first-earned, the second award being indicated by a corresponding ribbon bar.

War Medal, 1939-1945. Miniature circular cupro-nickel medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the crowned head of King George VI facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX ET INDIAE IMP : ’(George VI by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, Emperor of India); the reverse plain; diameter 18.12mm (0.71 inch).

The medal was instituted in 1945 and was awarded to full-time members of the armed forces who had served at least 28 days between the outbreak of war (3 September 1939) and V.J. Day (2 September 1945).

The medals are bar-mounted on original ribbons with pin for wear. A good group.

 
Miniature Great War, India and World War II Group of Seven: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, India General Service Medal 1908-1935, George V 1910-1930 issue, 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star and War Medal 1939-1945, bar-mounted
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Miniature Great War, India and World War II Group of Seven: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, India General Service Medal 1908-1935, George V 1910-1930 issue, 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star and War Medal 1939-1945, bar-mounted
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Miniature Great War, India and World War II Group of Seven: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, India General Service Medal 1908-1935, George V 1910-1930 issue, 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star and War Medal 1939-1945, bar-mounted
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Miniature Great War, India and World War II Group of Seven: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, India General Service Medal 1908-1935, George V 1910-1930 issue, 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star and War Medal 1939-1945, bar-mounted
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Miniature Great War, India and World War II Group of Seven: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, India General Service Medal 1908-1935, George V 1910-1930 issue, 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star and War Medal 1939-1945, bar-mounted
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Miniature Great War, India and World War II Group of Seven: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, India General Service Medal 1908-1935, George V 1910-1930 issue, 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star and War Medal 1939-1945, bar-mounted
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