The Silver Jubilee Celebrations commemorated 25 years of reign of King George V, the national day of celebration was held on the 6th May, 1935 with a thanksgiving service held at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
King George V sanctioned the award as a personal souvenir for the celebrations and it was given to ministers, government officials, mayors, provosts, public servants, local government officers, members of the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Forces, and Police in Britain, her colonies and Dominions.
Materials: The majority of the British medals and clasps are made of solid silver, though some were issue in bronze versions, mainly to Indian non-combatants. The majority of the British campaign awards are circular, usually 36mm in diameter.
Ribbons: Medals are worn suspended from their own specific ribbons. These were first made of silk but cotton was increasingly used as the nineteenth century developed. Their own colours often have a symbolic significance: the equal stripes of the ‘1939 to 1945 Star,’ for example, are dark blue to represent the service of the Royal and Merchant Navies, red, to represent that of the Armies and light blue to represent that of Air Forces.
Ribbon width can vary slightly though it is generally 32mm wide.
Ribbon – Red with two dark blue and one white stripes at the edges
Suspender - Ring
Type – Commemorative medal
Eligibility – Commonwealth citizens
Awarded for – Community contribution
Established – 6th May, 1935
Designer – Sir William Goscombe John, R.A.
Total Awarded – 85,235
Clasps – None awarded
Description – Silver medal 32mm in diameter. The obverse of the medal bears left-facing conjoined half-length busts of King George and Queen Mary, both with robes and crown. It has the legend around the top edge which reads “GEORGE V AND QUEEN MARY MAY VI MCMXXXV”. The reverse of the medal displays the Royal Cypher “GRI,” surmounted by an Imperial Crown. At the left is the date “MAY 6 / 1910” in two lines, and at right the date: “MAY 6 / 1935”. The border of the medal is ornate.
Major L L Gordon ‘British Battles and Medals’
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