Keith Smith’s medal miniatures

Keith Smith worked as an instructor for the Royal Flying Corps during WWI, and by war’s end he’d flown more than 443 hours. He remained a strong advocate for aviation throughout his life.┬áHis six medal miniatures are stitched to a thin rectangular metal badge strip with back clasp.

Medals from left to right:

  1. Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Medal (1919): Gold, cross-shaped medal with pale blue and red enamel accents. Attached to burgundy ribbon. Rewards contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service.
  2. British War Medal (1919): Silver, circular medal featuring a portrait bust of George V on front. Attached to a teal, white, black, and yellow striped ribbon. Awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces for service in the First World War.
  3. Victory Medal (1919): Gold, circular medal featuring an illustration of an angel on the front. Attached to a multi-coloured ribbon. The medal was issued to most of those who were issued the British War Medal.
  4. King George V Silver Jubilee Medal (1935): Silver, circular medal featuring King George VI and Queen Mary on the front. Attached to dark blue, white, and red striped ribbon.Image: six medals and ribbons aligned together and shown from the back side. Medals are attached to a metal clasp and pin to adorn on clothing. Five of the medals are circular and the sixth is shaped as a cross with a circular middle.
  5. King George VI Coronation Medal (1937): Commemorative medal instituted to celebrate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
  6. Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal (1953): Commemorative medal instituted to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.