Portuguese 1914 -18 Victory Medal

Place Europe: Portugal
Accession Number RELAWM14837
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Bronze
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1922
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Portuguese 1914 -18 Victory Medal. Unnamed as issued. Obverse: The figure of Victory with her wings pointing downwards, holding an olive branch in her right hand and a laurel wreath in the left. Reverse: The inscription 'MEDALHA DA VITORIA' on three lines with the 'DA' in the centre on a band that has the Portuguese coat of arms within a roundel, to the left and five crosses. The medal is fitted with a loose ring suspender and a piece of 36 mm double rainbow ribbon.

History / Summary

Awarded to all combatants who served in the Portuguese military forces during the First World War. This medal is part of a collection assembled by the late Hon. Sir Thomas Hughes, Member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales. It was presented to the Memorial in memory of his son, Captain Roger Forrest Hughes, Australian Army Medical Corps, who died of wounds in France on 11 December 1916 and his grandson, Flying Officer Peter Roger Forrest Hughes, 12 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, who was killed on active service while flying in the Northern Territory on 3 October 1942.