The 1914 Star, also known as the "Mons Star", was a campaign medal awarded to British and Imperial forces who served in France and Belgium during the early months of World War I, specifically from August 5th to November 22nd, 1914. The medal was established by King George V in April 1917 and was awarded to all eligible personnel who had served in the theater of war during this period, regardless of their rank or branch of service.
The medal had a bronze four-pointed star design, with a raised central area bearing the Royal Cypher of King George V and the dates "1914" and "1915". The ribbon was dark green, with orange stripes on the edges and a central red stripe.
To be eligible for the 1914 Star, individuals had to have served in a theater of war during the qualifying period and have received at least one day of operational service in France or Belgium. Those who were awarded the medal were also eligible for the clasp bearing the name of the battle of Mons, which was awarded to those who had been under fire in the Battle of Mons, the first major engagement of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front.
The 1914 Star was an important recognition of the contributions of British and Imperial forces in the early days of World War I and was a tangible reminder of the sacrifices made by those who served in the war