Mentioned in Despatches

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Victory Medal 1914-18 with Mention in Despatches (British) Oak Leaf Cluster

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During WW1, the Commanding General of the British & Commonwealth Forces periodically reported on the progress of the War.

While the despatch was addressed to the King and Parliament, it was also published in the London Gazette. Relevant sections were later published in the Commonwealth Gazette in Australia.

Soldiers of the British Empire or the Commonwealth of Nations who are mentioned in despatches, but do not receive a medal for their action, are nonetheless entitled to receive a certificate and wear a decoration.

For 1914–1918 and up to 10 August 1920, the decoration consisted of a spray of oak leaves in bronze that was worn on the Victory Medal.[1]

This decoration was only established in 1919, but it had retroactive effect.

Importantly, an MiD was one of only two ways that a soldier could be reward posthumously, the other being the Victoria Cross. Therefore if the soldier died in an action, and it was though that other than for his death, he would have been awarded a bravery award other then the Victoria Cross, then he could be Mentioned in Despatches.


The decoration consisted of a spray of bronze oak leaves which was placed on the ribbon of the Victory Medal..

World War I recipients

Those who came to the district after WW1

World War II recipients

  1. Duckers, Peter (2010) "British Gallantry Awards 1855 – 2000." Oxford: Shire Publications. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-7478-0516-8.

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