The Africa Star

Object number

LDVAL 2009.1.3


Before 1945 – After 1939


The Africa Star medal and ribbon. The Star was instituted in 1943 to be awarded for operational service between the Italian declaration of war (10 June 1940) and the end of operations in North Africa (12 May 1943), for 1 or more days’ service in North Africa, Malta or Egypt.
Awarded to Mr G. Hagon of Alibon Road Dagenham Essex, born 29th November 1903 and died 1970. Mr Hagon worked at the docks and lived in Canning Town, he later moved to Dagenham when his house was bombed. Mr Hagon fought under an unknown infantry and then went onto be involved with Reme Recovery. His bases included the desert, Italy and then finally Germany.

Physical description

Bronze Star, the face with the crowned cipher of King and Emperor George VI centrally within a stippled ring inscribed ‘THE AFRICA STAR’; the reverse plain. The Ribbon is pale buff to symbolise the desert, overlaid with a central red stripe and one narrow stripe each of dark and light blue to represent the three services. Worn with the dark blue stripe furthest from the left shoulder.






Medal height: 44mm
Medal width: 38mm
Ribbon length: 145mm
Ribbon width: 31mm


Medal: Bronze
Ribbon: Cotton

Collection type

Social history


Typescript Cast Obverse: GRJ/ VI/The Africa Star

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1517 (2010-01-08)

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Start dateBefore 1945
End dateAfter 1939
InstitutionValence House Museum
Collection typeSocial history