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medal, campaign

On display
human history
  • Other Name

    British War Medal 1914-1920, WW1 (descriptive name)

    16/452 Rewiri Ihaka, 1st Maori Contingent, NZEF (associated name)

  • Description

    British War Medal 1914-1920, WW1

    Medal awarded to 16/452 Rewiri Ihaka, 1st Maori Contingent, NZE,

    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: 16/452 PTE. R. IHAKA. N.Z.E.F.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
  • Accession Date
    29 Nov 1979
  • Other Id

    N1635 (numismatics)

  • Department
  • Display Room
medal, campaign, 1979.227, N1635, Photographed by Dani… … Read more

Images and documents



  • Display location

    Pou Maumahara drawer bank 2, drawer D, medal position 3

  • Credit Line
    Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N1635
  • Primary Maker

     William McMillan (Medallist)

  • Place
  • Date
  • Associated Notes

    British War Medal, WW1

    Medal awarded to 16/452 Rewiri Ihaka, 1st Maori Contingent and NZ Pioneer (Maori) Battalion, NZEF, WW1

    This is likely to be one of the replacement medals that Rewiri Ihaka applied for in 1932 to replace medals lost at Hicks Bay, circa 1926.

    Rewiri Ihaka, millhand of Wairoa, enlisted with the 1st Maori Contingent, A Company, which left New Zealand on 14 February 1915. He served on Gallipoli and on the Western Front where he was twice wounded. On the first occasion, on 8.6.1916 [Somme], he received shell wounds to hand, thigh and knee. On the second occasion he received a shell wound to the lower jaw had Rewiri placed on the dangerously ill list for several days and he was subsequently invalided back to New Zealand “no longer physically fit for war service”. On return to New Zealand Rewiri was given a 25% permanent disability pension. The wound continued to bother him and a 1939 medical report recorded that he continued to suffer with headaches. Despite this Rewiri enlisted for home service during WW2 and served with the National Military Reserve (service number, 1/22/332). He died in Auckland on 8th October 1979.

  • Associated Event
    WW1; 1914-1918
  • Associated Person
  • Associated Date
  • Period
  • Signature/marks

    16/452 PTE. R. IHAKA. N.Z.E.F. (recipient's name)

    W McM (medallist's name)

  • Media/Materials
  • Measurement Description
    medal: 36mm diameter ribbon: 32mm wide
  • Measurement Reading

    36mm (medal)

  • Classification
  • Media/Materials Notes



  • Last Update
    19 Mar 2024
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