After the war all servicemen or their families received the British Medal and the Victory Medal. All personnel serving with the British Expeditionary Forces under fire in France or Belgium between 5th August 1914 and midnight 22nd November were awarded the 1914 Star, also known as the Mons Star. All personnel serving in the BEF between 5th August 1914 and 31st December 1915, except those eligible for the 1914 Star, were awarded the 1914-15 Star
Three of the British campaign medals: The British, Victory and either the 1914 Star or the 1914-15 Star were affectionately known as “Pip, Squeak and Wilfred”.
The Military Cross is the third-level military decoration awarded to officers and other ranks of the British Armed Forces. It is granted in recognition of “an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land “.
The Military Medal [MM] was awarded to personnel of the British Army and other services for bravery in battle on land.
John William Cooper was a recipient of this medal and is buried in a Guinea Grave.
The Silver War Badge was issued in the United Kingdom and the British Empire to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness from military service in World War 1