Established to commemorate the dispatch of Japanese forces to Tsingtao.
The attached bar says 'War Medal.' Often confused with the 1914-1920 War Medal. See the
differences below. Peterson says that no one could receive both the 1914-15 War Medal and the
1914-20 War Medal, but I have two award documents that show a Navy sailor receiving both.
(See the document for this medal below. The other one is on the 1914-20 War Medal page.) And
the actual Imperial Rescript establishing the later medal says that one could not WEAR both;
the later medal must take precedence. So Peterson made a translation error.
OBVERSE: Crossed flags and Imperial mum crest. Below are Imperial Paulonia branches.
REVERSE: Inscribed 'Taisho 3-4 [1914-15] War Service.'
1 dot is common. 5 is extremely rare.
|The 1914-1915 War Medal
The basic design elements on the obverse on the two medals
are the same, but if you take a close look, you will see a
number of differences. For example, the mum petals and the
tops of the branches.
Of course, the reverses are easy to tell apart even if you cannot
read Japanese. The 1914-1915 War Medal (top) has one row
of text on the reverse, but the 1914-1920 War Medal (bottom)
has two rows of text over a single row.
1. Record of Awarding the 1914-1915 War Medal.
2. Navy 1st Class Seaman Yoshida Youzou.
3. Given the 1914-1915 War Medal
4. Taisho 4  November 7.
Representation of the medal at the bottom
Imperial mum crest and chrysanthemum branches at the top
Border of artillery and anchors
Left side of document
Right side of document
1. Medal Award Department, General Chairman, Holder of the 2nd Class
Rising Sun and 3rd Class Sacred Treasure, Count Kodama Hideo.
2. The awarding of this 1914-1915 War medal has been recorded as
3. Medal Award Department, Secretary, Holder of the 5th Class Rising Sun
and 4th Class Sacred Treasure, Fujii [Zengen?].
Case interior, bottom
Attached bar: 'War Dispatch Medal.'