1914 – 1915 Navy Star

Read about the Navy Star as per Admiralty orders.


As per Admiralty orders

Provided the claims are approved by the Admiralty, and subject to the limitations below, the star will be granted to the following:

(a) All officers and men of the R.N., R.M., R.N.A.S., R.N.R., R.N.V.R., R.I.M. and Dominion naval forces, who were mobilized and served (1) at sea, or (2) on shore within the theatres of military operations,

     (b) Trained pilots and observers and men of the R.N.A.S. employed in flying from naval air stations on overseas patrols,

     (c) Mercantile marine officers and men serving under special naval engagements (Form T.124 and its variants),

     (d) Canteen staffs who have served in a ship of war at sea.

The following service does not qualify: (a) Service in depot ships, except those which go to sea; boom defence vessels, examination vessels and other craft employed on harbour service. (b) Service at shore bases and depots, except those within theatres of active military operations, (c) Service of a temporary and special nature in ships of war or theatres of operations — e.g., casual inspections and inquiries, purchase of material, passage, etc.

Desertion or dismissal with disgrace since the date of the qualifying service forfeits the decoration.

The decoration earned by officers and men deceased will be issued to their legatees or next of kin entitled to receive them.

For the purpose of this order the definition of “Theatres of War” will be as follows: —

  1. Western European Theatre — to include all operations in France and Belgium from midnight, 22-23 November, 1914.
  2. Eastern European Theatre — To include all operations in

     (a) Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria from 5 October, 1915;

     (b) Gallipoli from 25 April, 1915, including the Aegean Islands, etc.

  1. Egyptian Theatre — To include all operations against Turco-German forces from 5 November, 1914; also operations against Senussite forces in Western Egypt and on the borders of Cyrenaica; from 3 November, 1915, but excluding operations for which the Sultan’s Sudan Medal has been awarded.
  2. African Theatre — to include all operations set forth below, but excluding local military operations against native tribes or rebels.

    (a) British East Africa, German East Africa, Rhodesia, Nyassaland and Uganda, and African lakes, from 20 August, 1914.

    (b) German South- West Africa and on the adjacent borders of the Union of South Africa, from 20 August, 1914, to 9 July, 1915.

    (c) Kamerun and on Nigeria frontier, from 24 August, 1914.

    (d) Togoland, from 7 August, 1914, to 26 August, 1914.

  1. Asiatic Theatre — To include operations —

   (a) In Mesopotamia, from 6 November, 1914; and

   (b) At Tsing-tau, from 23 September, 1914, to 7 November, 1914.

  1. Australasian Theatre — to include all operations in —

(a) German New Guinea and Bismarck Archipelago as follows: —

(i) New Britain, from 11 September, 1914, to 21 September1914.

(ii) New Ireland, from 16 September, 1914, to 18 October, 1914.

(iii) Kaiser Wilhelm Land, on 16 September, 1914. (iv) Admiralty Islands, on 21 November, 1914.

            (b) Nauru, on 6 November, 1914.

            (c) German Samoa, on 29 August, 1914.

NOTE — Officers and men of the Plymouth and Chatham Battalions Royal Marine Light Infantry who took part in the landing at Sedd ul Bahr and Kum Kale (Dardanelles) on 4 March, 1915, are also eligible.