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18 September 2014
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A Soldier's Tale

Click on the objects pictured below to piece together the military career of Frederick Henry Johnson Hall. Choose between his five medals, watch, soldier's service book, ration tin and cemetery report, to find out what they can tell you about him.

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Image of Frederick Henry Johnson Hall
Image of Frederick Henry Johnson Hall Image of Frederick Hall's Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902 Image of Frederick Hall's King's South Africa Medal 1901-1902 Image of Frederick Hall's 1914-15 Star Image of British War Medal 1914-20Image of Frederick Hall's Victory Medal 1914-18
Image of Frederick Hall's watch Image of Frederick Hall's service book
Image of Frederick Hall's ration tin Image of Frederick Hall's cemetery certificate
Obverse of Victory Medal

Reverse of Victory Medal
Victory Medal 1914-18

Obverse: a winged Victory with left arm extended and right hand holding a wreath
Reverse: ‘THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILISATION 1914-1919’ surrounded by a wreath.

This medal was often called the Allied Victory Medal, as the same basic design and ribbon was adopted by other allied countries such as Belgium, France, Italy, Japan and South Africa. In the case of Japan, the winged figure of Victory on the obverse was replaced by a warrior holding a spear.

Personal details engraved on the rim
The naming is on the rim is the same as for the British War Medal: '1475 A BMBR FHJ HALL RA'. A BMBR signifies Acting Bombardier, in the RA, the Royal Artillery. His number, 1475, has remained the same.

The ribbon
The ribbon is 37mm wide and described as watered (ie the colours appear to run into each other), reading from the centre outwards, red, yellow, green, blue and violet merged into a rainbow pattern.

Who received it?
The medal was issued in bronze to all those who served in a theatre of war between 5th August 1914 and 11 November 1918. It was never issued singly, but always with the British War Medal. Anyone mentioned in dispatches (ie mentioned by name in a dispatch from a Commander in a theatre of war or at home, and published in The London Gazette) wore an oak leaf on the ribbon of this medal.
The style of naming is similar to the British War Medal (small upright capitals), and the details are normally identical to the naming on that medal.

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