Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N2946.1
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
28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
1 January 1914 to 31 December 1920
- BM (medallist's initials)
- W.McM (medallist's initials)
- 1 - Medal diameter : 36mm
(medal: 36mm diameter ribbon: 32mm wide)
- 2 - Ribbon width : 32mm
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)
21 March 2016
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