The King Albert Medal (Dutch language: Koning Albert Medaille , French language: Médaille du Roi Albert) was a Belgian medal established by royal decree on 7 April 1919 and awarded to both Belgians and foreigners who were exceptionally meritorious in promoting, organising or administering humanitarian and charitable work that assisted Belgians in need during the First World War.
The King Albert Medal is a 35mm in diameter circular bronze medal. Its obverse bears a 25mm in diameter central medallion bearing the left profile of King Albert I with the inscription in French or in Dutch "ALBERT KING OF THE BELGIANS" (French language: "ALBERT ROI DES BELGES", Dutch language: "ALBERT KONING DER BELGEN" ) surrounded by a 5mm wide laurel wreath along the entire medal circumference. On the reverse of the central medallion, the relief inscription on four lines in French or in Dutch "IN TESTIMONY OF NATIONAL RECOGNITION" (French language: "EN TEMOIGNAGE DE RECONNAISSANCE NATIONALE", Dutch language: "ALS BLIJK VAN'S LANDS ERKENTELIJKHEID" ) with the years "1914-1918" at the bottom.
The medal is suspended by a ring through a suspension loop from a 38mm wide dark red silk moiré ribbon bearing a single 3mm wide longitudinal central stripe in the national colours of Belgium (1mm red, 1mm yellow and 1mm black). The ribbon bore two such stripes if the recipients distinguished themselves in the covert resupply of occupied Belgium.
Notable recipients (partial list)
The individuals listed below were awarded the King Albert Medal:
- Major General Doctor Antoine Depage
- Major General Baron Edouard Empain
- Cavalry Major General Baron Louis de Moor
- Lieutenant General Doctor Paul Derache
- Lieutenant General Doctor Edmond François Durré
- Count Gaston Errembault de Dudzeele
- Count Edmond Carton de Wiart
- Edmond Rubbens
- René Gérard
- Edmond Ronse
- Vicount Paul van Iseghem
- Count Pierre de Liedekerke
- "Royal Decree of 7 April 1919 creating the King Albert Medal". Belgian Defence Ministry. 1919-04-07.
- "Recipients of the King Albert Medal compiled from the ARS MORIENDI web site" (in French). ARS MORIENDI. 2012-07-06. http://www.ars-moriendi.be/index%20FR.htm. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
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