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VINTAGE

WAR DECORATIONS & MEDALS

ISSUED BY JOHN PLAYER & SONS

BRANCH OF

THE IMPERIAL TOBACCO CO.

(OF GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND) LTD.

HISTORY | HERITAGE |

WAR | MEDALS |

WAR DECORATIONS |

CIGARETTE CARDS |

COLLECTABLES

    

THE MOST EMINENT ORDER OF THE INDIAN EMPIRE

   

The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire,

instituted by Queen Victoria in 1877,

to commemorate the assumption of the title of Empress of India,

and enlarged on several occasions since,

is for award to those persons who by their services,

official or other, have merited the Royal favour.

The Order is awarded for service in India,

or in connection with the Indian Empire.

It is divided into three classes.

The highest class has been conferred upon many of the Ruling Chiefs.

Military and naval officers have also been granted the Order for war services, &c.

       

THE MILITARY CROSS, GREAT BRITAIN

   

The Military Cross, Great Britain,

was instituted by H.M. The King in December 1914,

for award for distinguished service in war.

It is granted to captains and commissioned officers of a lower grade,

also to warrant officers hi the Army, Indian Army, and Colonial Forces.

Many officers in the (late) R. F. C. also received it.

The Cross is only awarded after

recommendation by the Secretary of State for War.

It is worn after British Orders and before War Medals.

Recipients may append the initials M.C. to their names,

but the possession of the Cross does not entitle the holder

to any individual preference. 

   

   

The Medal for Distinguished Conduct in the Field

was instituted by Queen Victoria in 1854

for award to non-commissioned officers and men of the Army, 

for distinguished service and gallant conduct in the field.

It has been awarded in all campaigns since,

and during the great war several thousands were bestowed upon

N.C.O.’s and men of the British Armies in France and elsewhere.

The Medal was also given to many N.C.O.’s

and men of the French, American, and other Armies of the Allies.

Recipients may append the letters D.C.M. to their names.

   

THE AIR FORCE MEDAL 

    

The Air Force Medal

was instituted by H.M. the King in 1918,

for award to non-commissioned officers

and men in the Royal Air Force and

in Air Forces of Self-Governing Dominions beyond the Seas.

It is granted to such as shall have been recommended

for an act or acts of valour, courage, or devotion

to duty performed whilst flying,

though riot in active operations against the enemy,

and may also be granted to individuals

not belonging to the Royal Air Force

who render distinguished service to aviation in actual flying.

Bars are awarded for further services.

    

THE VICTORY MEDAL 

 

The Victory Medal was approved by H.M the King in 1919,

for award to all those who had served

on the establishment of a unit in any of the theatres of war.

It was granted to all officers and

men of the R N . , R. M . , R. N. R. , R.N. V. R., &c.,

and dominion and Colonial Naval Forces ;

also to members of Queen Alexandra’s R.N. Nursing Service, &c.

All officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers

and men of the British, Dominion, Colonial, and Indian Forces ;

members of women formations enrolled for service with H.M.’s Imperial Forces,

civil medical practitioners, and nursing sisters also received it. 

    

THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL (ARMY) , U.S.A

    

 The Distinguished Service Medal (Army), U.S.A.

Established in January 1918.

Awarded by the President to any person who,

while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States,

shall distinguish himself, or herself,

by specially meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility.

The Medal is also conferred upon foreigners,

and the following, amongst many others, have received it :

Marshal Foch, Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Armies:

Marshal Joffre, the victor of the first battle of the Marne ;

Field-Marshal Earl Haig, Commander-in-Chief, British Armies;

and King Albert.

     

THE BREVET MEDAL, U.S.A

RECONNAISANCE (GRATITUDE) MEDAL, FRANCE 

THE MEDAL OF HONOUR, WITH SWORDS, FRANCE

THE DELTA SANITA (PUBLIC HEALTH) MEDAL, ITALY 
THE BARBATIE SI CREDINTA (VALOUR AND LOYALTY) MEDAL, ROUMANIA

THE ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT (OR MILITARY VIRTUE), POLAND 

THE ORDER OF THE REDEEMER OF GREECE

THE MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF MOHAMMED ALI, EGYPT

THE WAR (OR MILITARY) CROSS, CZECHO- SLOVAKIA

THE ORDER OF THE RISING SUN, JAPAN

THE WAR CROSS (CROSS OF LIBERTY) , ESTHONIA

THE LA SOLIDARIDAD MEDAL, PANAMA

THE ORDER OF EL NAHDA, HEDJAZ

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