Object Detail

Object Name
1914 Star medal awarded to James Winch of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry.

The 1914 Star (or 'Mons Star') was awarded to all those officers and men of the British and Indian Expeditionary Forces, including doctors, nurses and others employed in military hospitals, who actually served in France or Belgium on the establishment of a unit between 5 August 1914 and midnight on 22/23 November 1914.

A bar inscribed '5 Aug. to 22 Nov. 1914' was later issued to those who already awarded the 1914 Star "who actually served under fire of the enemy in France or Belgium" between 5 August and 22 November 1914.

A total of 365,622 1914 Stars were issued. 145,000 Star Clasps were issued.

Joseph Lock, father-in-law of James Winch was Stationmaster at Henley from 1905-c1926. He lived with his wife Martha and their 5 sons and 3 daughters at Station House on Reading Road. All 5 of the sons fought in the war. One of them, Sydney Lock, was killed on 26th October 1917 and his name is on the memorial on the side of Henley Town Hall.

James Winch's wife Ivy (daughter of Joseph Lock) and her sister Olive Lock helped look after wounded soldiers at the Red Cross Hospital in Henley town hall. Olive Lock kept an autograph book signed by a number or the soldiers she treated. Whilst working at the hospital each of the women was given a crucifix by a soldier who was grateful for their care.
Accession No
Associated Date
Associated Period
World War One, 1914-1918
Associated Event
World War One, 1914-1918
Acquisitions Meeting January, 2006
Acquisitions Meeting February, 2006