The Somme Medal: Initially sold by the “Ceux de la Somme” veterans’ association, it was available to any veteran (or family of a veteran) of the battlefields of the Somme (primarily Fromelles, Pozieres and Mouquet Farm) in both WW1 and WWII. A French manufactured commemorative, the official name is Medaille Commemorative des Batailles de la Somme (Commemorative Medal of the Battles of the Somme). The obverse shows two warriors with spears and shields fighting side by side. On one shield is a cockerel, representing France, and on the other shield is a lion, representing Britain and the Commonwealth. Above the warriors is a nymph which represents the Somme. The figure is reclined with her left forearm resting on an urn, out of which flows the river. Text beneath the warriors reads ‘BATAILLES DELA SOMME JVILLET-NOVEMBRE MCMXVI’. The reverse is plain with text only, which reads ‘COMBATTANTS DE LA SOMME 1914-1918-1940′. The ribbon consists of three stripes, one central blue stripe and two yellow stripes. The ribbon is secured to the medal with a standard jump ring.
Note: This medal is not any official government issue; it is a commercially-sold commemorative medal and should not be racked with official awards. These are special orders and only stocked lightly. There may be a few days’ delay in despatch.