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Defence Honours & Awards

Imperial Awards

Mercantile Marine Medal

The Mercantile Marine Medal was awarded to members of the Mercantile Marine who qualified for the British War Medal 1914-20 and served at sea on at least one voyage through a danger zone.


The medal is bronze with the effigy of George V on the obverse.

The reverse shows a merchant ship moving through rough seas, with a sinking submarine and sailing vessel in the background. The base of the reverse has the words ‘FOR WAR SERVICE MERCANTILE MARINE 1914-1918’, all surrounded by a laurel wreath.


The ribbon has a narrow central stripe of white, flanked by green and red stripes. The design represents the starboard, steaming and port lights of a vessel.

Source Documents

Board of Trade Notice - July 1919 [PDF]


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