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medal, campaign

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  • Other titles
    • British War Medal 1914-1920, WW1 (descriptive name)
    • 65512 Rifleman William E (Bill) Burgess, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, NZEF (associated name)
    • 65512 Rifleman William E (Bill) Burgess, NZ Rifle Brigade, NZEF (associated name)
  • Description
    British War Medal 1914-20, WW1
    Part of mounted medal set of 65512 Rifleman William E (Bill) Burgess, NZ Rifle Brigade, WW1
    circular silver medal; plain, straight non-swivelling suspender; with ribbon
    obverse: coinage head of King George V with the legend GEORGIUS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:
    reverse: naked figure of St. George on horseback facing right. The horse is trampling on an eagle shield and cross bones symbolic of death; above the horse’s head is the sun, symbolic of victory. Around the edge are the dates, 1914 and 1918
    ribbon: broad orange watered band down the centre, bordered with white, black and blue stripes
    named on edge: 65512 RFLM. W.E. BURGESS. N.Z.E.F.
  • Other Number
    1994.92, N2946.1
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medal, campaign, 1994.92, N2946.1, Photographed by: Julia Scott, photographer, digital, 21 Mar 2017, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N2946.1
  • Notes
    British War Medal, WW1
    Medal awarded to 65512 Rifleman William E (Bill) Burgess, NZ Rifle Brigade, WW1
    William Burgess (1884-1958) came to NZ aged 16 years circa 1900. He was part of a group of London lads who had decided to emigrate, but Bill was the only one who actually came out. In New Zealand he worked building railways, North and South Islands [probably Main Trunk Line]. He enlisted with the NZ Rifle Brigade in 1917, aged 32 years, and embarked with the 33rd Reinforcements on 31 December 1917.

    Bill Burgess was badly wounded with shrapnel from a Minenwerfer during the advance after the German breakout in March 1918 [near Bapaume]. The “Minnie” came over and Bill said to his mate “that was a close one”, then looked round and his mate had lost his head, while Bill got hit across his shoulder and chest. He was sent to London for convalesce – near Greenwich. This was where he met his wife, Mabel, and settled back in England.
    Information from donors
  • Event
    28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
  • Person
  • Date
    1 January 1914 to 31 December 1920
  • Production
    MacKennal, Bertram (medallist)
    William McMillan (medallist)
    Royal Mint (struck by)
    World War 1, 1914-18, Wars
    George V (1910 - 1936), House of Windsor, English reign
  • Signature/marks
    • BM  (medallist's initials)
    • W.McM  (medallist's initials)
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  • Dimensions
    • 1 - Medal diameter : 36mm
      (medal: 36mm diameter ribbon: 32mm wide)
    • 2 - Ribbon width : 32mm
      ( ribbon)
  • 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
    21 March 2016

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