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  • Other titles
    • Victory Medal 1914-19, WW1 (descriptive name)
    • 13/989 Major Robert G Milligan, NZFA (named to)
  • Description
    Victory Medal 1914-1919, WW1
    Medal part of mounted medal set awarded to 13/989 Major Robert Gracie Milligan for WW1 service, initially as a Lieutenant with the 3rd Auckland Mounted Rifles, and then with the NZ Field Artillery in France and Belgium,
    bronze circular medal; 36mm diameter; ring suspender, with ribbon & oak leaf clasp
    obverse: The winged, full-length figure of Victory, with her arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand.
    reverse: inscription ‘THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILIZATION, 1914-1919’ surrounded by a wreath.
    ribbon: grosgrain ribbon, 37mm wide, rainbow pattern.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    1997.77.1.5, Spink: 146
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
    16 October 1997
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Display location
  • Record richness
medal set, front (1997.77.1)
medal set, front (1997.77.1)


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1997.77.1.5
  • Notes
    Victory Medal to 13/989 Major Robert Gracie Milligan, NZFA, for WW1 service, initially as a Lieutenant with the 3rd Auckland Mounted Rifles, and then with the NZ Field Artillery in France and Belgium. He was promoted to Captain and then as Major-Battery Commander while with the NZFA.
    Part of set of 11 medals
    RG Milligan served with the Volunteers and Territorials between 1910 and 1940. During WW1 he served overseas with the New Zealand Artillery and at the outset of WW2 he was Fortress Commander - Auckland Fortress area, retiring from this position in 1940. His total military service spanned thirty years.
    Career summary:
    Born in NSW Australia in 1891 and immigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1896. He enlisted as a gunner with No 2 Garrison Artillery Volunteers, Auckland, in 1910 and was promoted as Lieutenant at the outbreak of WW1. He then enlisted with the 3rd Auckland Mounted Rifles and sailed with the 5th Reinforcements, serving on Gallipoli until the evacuation. He then transferred to the New Zealand Field Artillery and served on the Western Front where he was promoted to the position of Major-Battery Commander. He was awarded the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) "For distinguished service in connection with military operations in France and Flanders." (London Gazette, 1 January 1919). Post-war Robert Milligan rejoined the Territorials as a Colonel and served as Aide de Camp to Lord Bledisloe. In 1939 he was appointed as Fortress Commander, Auckland, retiring from this position in 1940.
    In 1935 Col. Milligan was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his services to the Territorials. He died, in Auckland, in August 1962.
    For details of career see Personal Record and Cenotaph data-base.
  • Event
    28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    1 January 1914 to 31 December 1919
  • Subject category
  • Production
    William McMillan (medallist)
    [United Kingdom]Europe
    [United Kingdom]Europe
    Circa 1919
    World War 1, 1914-18, wars
    George V (1910 - 1936), House of Windsor, English reign
  • Signature/marks
    • WMcM  (medallist's initials)
    • THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914- 1919  (medal inscription)
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • 1 - medal diameter : 36mm
      (medal set: 98x183mm)
    • 2 - ribbon width : 39mm
    • 0 - Whole height : 99mm
  • Classification
  • Classification Documents
    Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging (Primary Title)
    A Revised and Expanded Version of Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects. (Other Title)
    Robert Chenhall
    Nashville/Tennessee/USA  (Place of Publication)  (nomenclature)
  • Record created
    14 October 2002

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