A few weeks ago I wrote about gallantry medals and death plaques; in response to the article I had a lot of enquiries from people asking about the more general First World War campaign or service medals.
Service medals were issued automatically to other ranks but officers or their next of kin had to apply for them.
They are widely collected, mainly for the story of the person who earned the medals, as they are usually fairly easy to research as they were impressed with the name of the recipient and usually included some or all of the following: service number, rank, first name or initial, surname and military unit (Regiment or Corps).
This was either on the rim of the medal or, in the case of a Star, on the reverse.
Read William’s full column in today’s (13 March) Pocklington Post.