condensed discuss document expanded export feedback print share remove reset document_white enquire_white export_white report_white
discuss document export feedback print share gallery-landscape

medal, campaign

On display
Object / Artefact › History
  • Other titles
    • 1914-1915 Star, WW1 (medal name)
    • 13/537 Trooper Victor Albert Olen, Auckland Mounted Rifles, NZEF (associated name)
  • Description
    1914-15 Star, WW1
    Medal awarded to 13/537 Trooper Victor Albert Olen, Auckland Mounted Rifles, NZEF
    medal with original ribbon
    bronze four pointed star with crown and suspension ring at top; two crossed swords across face; scroill at centre with date 1914-15, surrounded by oak wreath with initials GV at base
    reverse: plain reverse stamped with recipient's details
    suspension: ring suspension
    ribbon: watered ribbon of red merging into white which merges into blue
    named on reverse: 13/537 / TPR. V.A. OLEN / N.Z.E.F.
  • Place
  • Other Number
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
    16 June 2016
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Display location
  • Record richness
medal, campaign, 1914-15 star
medal, campaign, 1914-15 star


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2016.35.4.1 Purchase
  • Notes
    1914-1915 Star, WW1
    Medal awarded to 13/537 Trooper Victor Albert Olen, Auckland Mounted Rifles, NZEF.

    Victor Albert Olen, son of Edward and Annie Olen, was born at Blackall, Queensland, Australia, on 7 May 1886.At the time of his enlistment with the 11th North Auckland Squadron, Auckland Mounted Rifles, he was employed in Whangarei as an assistant surveyor for the Public Works Department, and his parents were living at Taneatua, near Whakatane.

    He arrived on Gallipoli on 12th May 1915, and was killed in action on Chunuk Bair on 8th August 1915. His body was never found and his file states: "Missing in action. Reasonable to suppose dead." His death is commemorated on the Chunuk Bair Memorial.

    "According to Trooper Stevens, Troopeers Champney, Mason, Olen and Palmer were particularly active in throwing back Turkish bombs. Olen and Palmer were both killee, Mason badly wounded when shot through the face and Champney wounded. "
    Quoted from Bloody Gallipoli, by Richard Stowers, with reference from Trooper Stevens, Maungatapere: A history and reminiscence.
  • Event
    28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    • 05 Aug 1914-31 December 1915
      5 August 1914 to 31 December 1915
    • 8 August 1915
      8 August 1915
  • Subject category
  • Production
    Blakemore, W H J (medallist)
    World War 1, 1914-18, Wars
    George V (1910 - 1936), House of Windsor, English reign
  • Signature/marks
    "13/537 / TPR. V.Z. OLEN / N.Z.E.F."  (medal inscription)
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • .1 - medal height : 62mm
      (medal: height (including suspension ring): 62mm width: 44.5mm ribbon: 32mm wide)
      (medal including suspension ring)
    • .1 - medal width : 44.5mm
    • .2 - ribbon width : 32mm
  • 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
    16 August 2016

Object tags

Auckland Museum tags

Visitor tags

  • Contribute more detail to this record by adding your own names, classifications or categories via a tag. Tags also make this record more findable on search.

The development of the Auckland War Memorial Museum online collection is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.