Collection: Single WW1 British War Medals

The British War Medal, also known as the "Squeak" or "Pip," was a military decoration awarded to service members of the British and Imperial Forces who served in World War I. It was established by King George V in 1919 and was awarded to those who had served overseas in any theater of the war between August 5, 1914, and November 11, 1918.

The British War Medal was typically awarded in conjunction with the Victory Medal, which was also established in 1919 to commemorate the Allied victory in the war. Together, these two medals were often referred to as the "Pair" and were the most common medals awarded to British and Imperial service members who served in World War I.

The design of the British War Medal features a profile of King George V on the obverse, with the inscription "Georgivs V Britt: Omn: Rex et Ind: Imp:" (Latin for "George V, King of all the British and Emperor of India"). The reverse of the medal features a design of St. George on horseback, trampling a shield representing the Central Powers, with the inscription "The Great War for Civilization, 1914-1919" around the edge.

Some service members may have only received the British War Medal if they did not meet the criteria for the Victory Medal, such as those who did not serve overseas, although this was relatively rare. In general, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal were awarded together as a pair to recognize the service and sacrifice of British and Imperial forces in World War I.