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1914-15 Star: CM.1481-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Artist: Blakemore, W.H.J.
Mint: London
Ruler: George V (1910-36) (Struck in the rule of)
State: Britain
Ruler: Gv (With the title of)




Following the issue of the 1914 Star for those who had seen service in the first year of the Great War of 1914-18, in 1919 another issue was made for survivors of the period 5 August 1914 to the end of 1915. Although service in the Battle of Ypres earnt the 1914 Star instead, and the hideous casualties on the Somme reduced the number of possible claimants considerably, the Star was also awarded for service in overseas theatres. It was always awarded alongside the British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal.
This medal, which the Lester Watson catalogue incorrectly entitles a Mons Star (this nickname applying only to the 1914 award) was awarded to Sergeant Edward J. Mott, of the Border Regiment, whose acts of valour on the Western Front eventually earned him the Victoria Cross. It forms part of what Lester Watson's catalogue lists as Group 2, and its provenance is discussed in the page for that group.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Baldwin before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 43.8 mm

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester


Production date: AD 1917

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Crossed swords with inscriptions on scrolls, under wreath with royal monogram at bottom and over four-pointed star of which topmost point replaced by crown.

  • Text: AUG / 1914 / NOV
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Plain star with recipient's name stamped

  • Text: 9887 / SJT. E. J. MOTT. / BORD. R.
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1481-2009
Primary reference Number: 141577
Watson Catalogue: 252A
Ordering: M-0366
Previous object number: LW.0360c
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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