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medal, campaign

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Object / Artefact › History
  • Other titles
    • Victory Medal 1914-19, WW1 (descriptive name)
    • 12/2490 Pte John Thomson, Auckland Infantry Regiment, NZEF (associated name)
  • Description
    Victory Medal 1914-19, WW1
    Medal awarded to 12/2490 Pte John Thomson, Auckland Infantry Battalion, NZEF
    circular bronze medal with ribbon; fixed loop and ring suspension
    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: watered colours of red, yellow, green, blue and violet merging into a rainbow pattern
    named on edge: 12/2490 PTE. J. THOMSON. N.Z.E.F.
  • Other Number
    Spink: 146, W0300.23, N2681, W1342.3
  • Accession date
    26 October 1927
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Display location
  • Record richness
medal, campaign, W1342.3, W0300.23, N2681, Spink: 146, Photographed by Dani Lucas , digital, 17 Oct 2016, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, W1342.3
  • Notes
    Victory Medal 1914-19
    Medal awarded to 12/2490 Pte John Thomson, Auckland Infantry Battalion,NZEF
    Scottish-born John Thomson, Auckland Infantry Battalion, 4th Reinforcements, was killed in action on Gallipoli on the 8th August 1915 during the charge at the Pinnacle during the August Offensive. Initially reported as wounded on 8th August, the Board of Enquiry held at Moascar Camp, Ismailia in January 1916 confirmed that he was killed in action. His body was never recovered and he is named on the Chunuk Bair Memorial. John Thomson had recorded his mother, Mrs Agnes Thomson, of Ceres, in Fifeshire, Scotland, as his next-of-kin. However, his medals and Memorial Plaque were deposited with the Auckland City Council as unclaimed.
  • Event
    28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
  • Person
  • Date
    1 January 1914 to 31 December 1919
  • Production
    William McMillan (medallist)

    World War 1, 1914-18, Wars
    George V (1910 - 1936), House of Windsor, English reign
  • Signature/marks
    WMcM  (medallist's initials)
  • Consists of
    • 1 - medal › bronze
      bronze medal with grosgrain ribbon, red, yellow, green, blue and violet merged into a rainbow pattern.
    • 2 - ribbon › grosgrain ribbon
  • Dimensions
    • 1 - medal diameter : 36mm
      (medal: 36mm diameter ribbon: 37mm wide)
    • 2 - ribbon width : 37mm
    • 0 - Whole length : 94mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    2 November 2015

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