The Tank Museum | 1914 Star with bar (Mons Star)

1914 Star with bar (Mons Star)

Country: United Kingdom


The 1914 Star was authorised in April 1917 and was awarded to the original British Expeditionary Force. and those who served in France or Belgium or on the strength of a unit in either of those two countries from August 5th. 1914 until midnight of November 22nd. 1914. A bar " 5th August- 22nd November 1914 " was issued to all who had been under fire in France or Belgium during or between those dates. A silver rosette confirmed entitlement to this bar when ribbons alone were worn. Frequently, but unofficially, known as the "Mons Star" because of actions during the first sixteen weeks of World War 1 including the battle of Mons , some 400,000 were awarded. Recipients of this medal also qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

A crowned four pointed star with crossed swords and a wreath of oak leaves, having the royal cipher at the foot and a split central scroll inscribed 'AUG NOV 1914'. The recipient's name is inscribed on the reverse.

The ribbon is watered silk in red, white and blue (worn with the red nearest the centre of the chest).