Bar with the Combatants South West Africa Medal

Photo JW Collection

The medals on this bar in order of seniority from left to right are-
Prussian 1914 Iron Cross
, second class
Prussian Other Ranks Long Service Award, first class for 21 years service

1904-08 South West Africa Campaign Medal for combatants
Austro-Hungarian Iron Cross of Merit with crown
1914-18 Hungarian Commemorative War Medal

The original owner of this medal bar was possibly Hungarian by birth yet served in the German armed forces. He was an other ranks combat veteran of the Herero Rebellion and the First World War. His Prussian and German medals have precedence on the bar, showing him to be in German service as does his Prussian long service medal. The Austro-Hungarian Iron Cross was instituted in 1916 and was usually for NCOs and other ranks. The Hungarian Commemorative War Medal was instituted in 1929 for Hungarian veterans of the First World War.  


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