Medal Minatures

Row of six medal miniatures stitched to a thin rectangular metal badge strip with back clasp. Medals from left to right:
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.
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.
Victory Medal (1919): Gold, circular medal featuring an illustration of an angel on the front. Attached to a multi-coloured ribbon.
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.

Both Sir Keith Smith and his brother Sir Ross Smith enlisted and were involved in the conflict overseas during World War One. Sir Keith Smith worked as an instructor of pilots and navigators for the Royal Flying Corps. By the close of the war, Smith had flown over 443 hours. Throughout his career, Keith held firmly to the view that Imperial co-operation was vital in aviation and looked for complete standardisation of British and Australian equipment. His sentiment was clearly reciprocated by the British Empire, these medals signifying the strong relationship and gratitude between the two.

From left to right:
Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Medal (1919): Rewards contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service.
British War Medal (1919): Awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces for service in the First World War.
Victory Medal (1919): United Kingdom and British Empire First Wold War campaign medal. The medal was issued to most of those who were issued the British War Medal.
King George V Silver Jubilee Medal (1935): Commemorative medal instituted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the accession of King George V.
King George VI Coronation Medal (1937): Commemorative medal instituted to celebrate the coronation of King George Vi and Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal (1953): Commemorative medal instituted to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.