11 November 1918 - Medals
There is no formal medal awarded for the battle at Mametz Wood, however those who fought in Mametz would have likely been eligible for a selection of the following medals:
[Medals of Gilbert Hale]
Awarded to those who saw service in any theatre of war between 5th August 1914 and 31st December 1915, other than those who had already qualified for the 1914 Star. No fewer than 2,350,000 were awarded, making it the commonest British campaign medal up to that time.
British War Medal
This medal was instituted to record the successful conclusion of the First World War, but was later extended to cover the period 1919-20 and service in mine-clearing at sea as well as participation in operations in North and South Russia, the eastern Baltic, Siberia, the Black Sea, and Caspian. Some 6,500,000 medals were awarded in silver, but about 110,000 in bronze were issued mainly to Chinese, Indian and Maltese personnel in labour battalions.
Issued to all who recieved the 1914 or 1914-15 Stars and most of those who had the British War Medal, some six million are believed to have been produced. It is also known as the Allied War Medal because the same basic design and double rainbow ribbon were adopted by thirteen other Allied nations.
Silver War Badge
Awarded to service personnel who sustained a wound or contracted sickness or disability in the course of the war as a result of which they were invalided out. It was worn on the lapel in civilian clothes. Each badge was numbered on the reverse. The purpose of the badge was to prevent men of military age but not in uniform from being harassed by women pursuing them with white feathers.
Memorial Plaque and Scroll
Given, with a parchment scroll, to the next of kin of those who lost their lives on active service during the War. Each was personalised with the recipient’s name.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Distinguished Conduct Medals were issued following the Crimean War in 1854, and were given to reflect gallant and good conduct in the field. It was the second highest military honour after the Victorial Cross.
The Distinguished Conduct Medal of John Henry Williams was awarded following his actions at Mametz Wood, “For conspicuous gallantry in action. He handled his men in the attack with great courage and skill…”
[Medals of John Henry Williams]