The 1914 Star (sometimes referred to as the ‘Mons’ star) was authorised in April 1917 to be awarded to those who served in France or Belgium on the strength of a unit, or who served in either of those two countries between 5 August 1914 and midnight on 22/23 November 1914. A recipient of the 1914 Star could not also be awarded the 1914–15 Star.
The four pointed star is bright bronze, ensigned with a crown. The obverse has crossed gladius, overlaid with an oak wreath that is ensigned with the cypher of King George V. Interlaced in the crossed blades of the gladius (a Latin word for sword) is an ‘S’ shaped scroll bearing the words ‘AUG’, ‘1914,’ and ‘NOV.’ The ribbon has the red white and blue colours of the Empire, in shaded and moired (watered) stripes.
A bronze clasp inscribed ‘5th Aug – 22nd Nov 1914’ was issued to those who actually served under the fire of the enemy in France and Belgium between those dates.
When the ribbon is worn alone, recipients of the clasp to the medal wear a small silver rosette on the ribbon bar.
An uncommon award for Australians.