All medals were to be almost identical to obviate the need to exchange allied medals and each was patterned after a French medal of 1870.
This medal was always issued with the British War Medal.
A circular, copper medal, in lacquered bronze, with a size of 1.42 inches in diameter.
Only the Mentioned-in-Despatches multiple-leaved emblem is worn on this medal when it was awarded for the First World War. There were no other bars.
The obverse shows the winged, full-length, full-front, figure of Victory, with her left arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand.
The reverse shows the legend THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914 - 1919 in four lines, surrounded by a wreath, with dots below the words.
The watered ribbon is 1.5 inches wide, and consists of nine coloured stripes: violet, blue, green, yellow, red yellow, green, blue, and violet.
For mounting purposes, there is a ring passing through a loop fixed to the top of the medal. The ring moves forwards and backwards but not sideways.
This First World War medal was agreed to by all allies in March 1919. The medal was authorized in Britain (and for Canadians) on 01 September 1919.
The recipient's name, number and rank are engraved on the rim for the first issue.
There were 351,289 medals awarded to the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and a total of 5,725,000 issued.