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medal, campaign

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  • Other titles
    • British War Medal 1914-1920, WW1 (descriptive name)
    • 25/1840 Rifleman Frank Silk Whitaker, New Zealand Rifle Brigade (associated name)
  • Description
    British War Medal 1914-20, WW1
    Awarded to 25/1840 Rifleman Frank Silk Whitaker, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
    circular silver medal; plain, straight non-swivelling suspender; ribbon missing
    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: 25/1840 RFLM. F.S. WHITAKER. N.Z.E.F.
  • Other Number
    N1478, 1971.56
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medal, campaign, 1971.56, N1478, Photographed by: Rohan Mills, photographer, digital, 21 Dec 2016, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N1478
  • Notes
    British War Medal 1914-20
    Awarded to 25/1840 Rifleman Frank Silk Whitaker, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, WW1
    Frank Silk Whitaker, married man of Auckland served on the Western Front and lost his life at Passchendaele. He left a ten year old son and a baby daughter he had never met. His memory is held in a small collection of embroidered postcards sent to his son. A letter to his widow described where Frank was initially buried. However, he is now listed among those with no known grave at the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
  • Event
    28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
  • Person
  • Date
    1 January 1914 to 31 December 1920
  • Production
    William McMillan (medallist)
    World War 1, 1914-18, Wars
    George V (1910 - 1936), House of Windsor, English reign
  • Signature/marks
    • 25/1840 RFLM. F.S. WHITAKER. N.Z.E.F.  (recipient's name)
    • W McM  (medallist's name)
  • Consists of
  • 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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