British Red Cross War medal with minature
The British War medal was instituted in 1920 and issued from 1921. Awarded to members of the Society or its Voluntary Aid Detachments who served in the UK during the period 4 August 1914 to 31 December 1919 and were therefore not eligible for British military medals. It was only awarded to members whose unpaid service did not amount to less than 1000 hours. It was also awarded to ambulance drivers and bearers who gave 500 hours unpaid service. Between 41,000 and 42,00 of these medals were awarded.