The Australian service medal 1939-1945 was instituted to recognise the service of members of the Australian armed forces and the Australian Mercantile Marine during WW2.
The war medal 1939;1945 was awarded for 28 days full time service in the armed service forces between 3/9/1939 to 2/9/1945. Operational and non-operational service may be counted,providing that it was of 28 days or more duration.
The Australian Service medal is Nickel Silver with the crowned efficy of King George V1 on the obverse.The reverse has the Australian coat of arms,placed centrally,surrounded by the words The Australian Service Medal 1939-1945.The ribbon has a wide Khaki central stripe,flanked by two narrow red stripes,which in turn are flanked by two outer stripes,one dark blue the other light blue. The war Medal is Cupro-Nickel with the crowned effigy of King George on the obverse. On the front side is a Lion standing over a Dragon lying on its back.The ribbon colours of red, white and blue represent the colours of the Union Jack.
Inscriptions & markings
The Australian Service Medal has a crowned effigy of King George V1 with the words GEORGIVS V1 D G:BR:OMN:REX ET INDIAE IMP on the obverse.The front has the Australian coat of arms with the words THE AUSTRALIAN SERVICE MEDAL 1939-1945.Around the edge is V9 391 L.P.EMONSON
The war medal has a crowned effigy of King George V1 with the words GEORGIVS VI D G:BR:OMN:REX ET INDIAE IMP on the obverse.On the front is a Lion standing over a Dragon lying on its back with 1939-1945. Around the edge is V9 391 L.P.EMONSON