Alfred Lewis Pickard Medal set
Alfred Lewis Pickard was 18 years old when he served on board HMS Chester in the First World War. He served with Jack Cornwell, also famously known as Boy Cornwell, who died aged just 16 during the Battle of Jutland and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallant service during that battle.
Alfred survived WW1 and went on to serve in WW2. Medals include 1914-15 Star, Victory Medal, Royal Naval long service, 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, Atlantic Star, 1939-45 War Medal and a commemorative medallion struck by the city of Chester to honour Boy Cornwell.
The 1914-15 Star is a four pointed star of bright bronze, ensigned with a crown, with a height of 50mm, and a maximum width of 45mm. The obverse has two crossed gladii (swords) with blades upwards and a wreath of oak leaves, with the Royal Cypher of King George V at foot and an overlaying central scroll inscribed "1914–15". The reverse is plain with the recipient's number, rank and name. The ribbon has the red white and blue colours of the Empire, in shaded and watered stripes.
The Victory Medal is a 36mm diameter circular copper medal, lacquered in bronze. The obverse in the British Empire medal shows the winged, full-length, full-front, figure of 'Victory' (or 'Victoria'), also figuring in all other medals by the nations as cited, but in this case (the British Empire) with her left arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand, this being in common with the previously (pre-war) created British Empire statue in the Victoria Memorial, London (which contains also a statue of the Queen and Empress with the title 'VICTORIA REGINA IMPERATRIX'). The reverse has the words ‘THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914-1919' in four lines, all surrounded by a laurel wreath.
Originally from London the Pickard's moved to Wokingham in the 1980's. His grandson retains Alfred's history