THE COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL IS THE ACTUAL CAMPAIGN MEDAL FOR THE BELGIAN ARMY IN WORLD WAR 1. BECAUSE OF THE MANY DIFFERENT CAMPAIGNS AND STATUSES OF THE BELGIAN SOLDIER DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR IT HAS HAD A LOT OF ACCESSORIES THAT CAN BE PLACED ON THE RIBBON. THE MEDAL WAS INSTITUTED FOR THE SAME CONDITIONS OF THE VICTORY MEDAL AND BOTH A ALWAYS PRESENT IN ANY MEDAL GROUP.
The commemorative medal of the First World War was created by Belgian law on the 21th of July (Belgium Independence day) 1919 by the ministery of War. The award was given the name: 'Médaille Commérative de la guerre 1914-18' and was awarded for the same qualifications as the victory medal that was instituted six days earlier.
The Belgian commemorative medal of the First World War was made the designer E.J. De Bremaecker, who placed a head of a Belgian soldier looking to the right, who wears a helmet with a laurel. The medal has the shape of an Artillery shell with a Belgian lion on top, flanked by a laurel (right) and a leaf (left), beneath stands the year date 1914 (left) and 1918 (right). On the reverse we find the same branches on the top but instead of a Belgian lion, stand a crown. The following text can be find beneath this crown: 'Medaille commemorative de la campagne 1914-1918 Herinnerings medaille van den veldtocht'.
The ribbon of the medal is divided into three wide stripes with on each outside a red stripe and a yellow in the middle. This last one is flanked by to narrow black stripes.
The following suspensions can be fitted on the ribbon of the Belgian commemorative medal:
- A silver crown of 6mm for Intellegence Agents (bravery)
- A gilded crown of 6mm for volontueers
- A silver bar of 2 mm for each service of 6 months on the front
- A gilded bar of 2 mm replaces 5 silver bars
- An enameled black bar of 2mm for each 6 months in captivity
- An enameled red cross of 5mm for every wound substained
- A silver star of 3 mm for soldiers who were repatriated for sickness or
- A bronze anchor of 10mm for Merchant seaman
- Two crossed bronze anchors of 6mm
- A bronze Belgian lion for services of intelligence
- An enameled bar of 37mm with inscription '1916 R 1918' for those who
served with the Belgian Expedionary Corps in Russia
1916 R 1918 BAR