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  • Other titles
    • 1939-45 Star, WW2 (descriptive name)
    • Major George Ramsay Andrews (associated name)
  • Description
    1939-45 Star awarded to Major George Ramsay Andrews MBE MC DCM JP (1910-1991)
    bronze six pointed star 43mm diameter, ring suspender, with ribbon
    Obverse: In the centre the Royal cypher ‘GRI’ with ‘VI’ below. The cypher is surmounted by a crown on a circlet which bears the title of the star ‘THE 1939-1945 STAR’
    reverse: plain
    Ribbon: 32mm wide grosgrain ribbon, colours of equal bands of dark blue, red and light blue.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    Spink: 154, 2001.25.14.4
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
    15 August 2001
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Display location
    5F 56
  • Record richness
1939-45 Star 2001.25.14.4
1939-45 Star 2001.25.14.4


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2001.25.14.4 Brent Mackrell Collection
  • Notes
    1939-45 Star
    Major George Ramsay Andrews

    George Ramsay Andrews MBE MC DCM JP (1910-1991)
    Military Service
    Pre-WW2: Territorials with 1st Battalion Hauraki Regiment (NZ Territorial Force)
    WW2: 1st Echelon 2NZEF : Greece, Crete, Nth Africa, Italy
    post-war: Territorials, JP
    Awards: MBE MC DCM

    WO1 Andrews was awarded the DCM for gallantry during the action on Galatos on 25 May 1941. While waiting for an arm wound wound to be treated (during a German advance), he organised and led a group to rescue wounded and himself received three additional wounds. He later received the Military Cross for outstanding courage over a period of time including the battle for Florence in August 1944 and at Cassino - recovering tanks and clearing roads.

    George Ramsay Andrews received the MBE in 1976. He was serving as a JP at the time and was living in Te Aroha.

    Biographical Note:
    2640 Major GR Andrews, MBE MC DCM JP. Born Cambridge, NZ in 1910.
    Occupation: Farmer and contractor
    Embarked 1st Echelon 5 January 1940. Wounded 25 May 1941; commissioned 2 Lieutenant on 25 August 1941. Returned to New Zealand 25 December 1941, promoted Lieutenant 25 August 1942; Captain 17 December 1942. Re-embarked with 10th Reinforcements on 21 July 1943; returned 7 September 1945. Posted to Reserve 14 December 1945. Served with 18 Battalion, NZ Ordnance Corps, and 4 NZ Armed Bde Wksps NZEME in Middle East, Greece, Crete, Italy. Recalled to Territorial Force 1 January 1950; promoted to Major on 4 October 1950. Re-posted to Reserve on 1 June 1954. Retired List 1 February 1958.
  • Event
    World War II
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    1 January 1939 to 31 December 1945
  • Collection
  • Production
    Royal Mint (medallist)
    World War 2, wars
    George VI (1936 - 1952), House of Windsor, English reign
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • 1 - medal diameter : 43mm
      (medal: 43mm diameter ribbon: 32mm wide)
    • 2 - ribbon width : 32mm
  • Classification
  • Classification Documents
    Nomenclature 3.0 for Museum Cataloging (Primary Title)
    Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects (Other Title)
    Robert Chenhall
    Nashville/Tennessee/USA  (Place of Publication)
    2010  (nomenclature)
  • Record created
    6 July 2006

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