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The Board of Trade awarded over 130,00 Mercantile Marine War Medals to men who served in the Merchant Navy during First World War. The Leith sailor who was presented with this medal was one of many sailors from the port who risked or lost their lives at sea bringing supplies into the country during the war. The main danger came from the German U-boat Campaign that attempted to cut off Britain’s trade routes by sinking allied shipping. Their was huge loss of merchant ships and by the end of the war over 14,000 men had died in this service. The inscription on the medal reads 'FOR WAR SERVICE/MERCANTILE MARINE 1914-1918.'
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125 x 37mm
47 x 75mm
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