Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2016.35.4.3
Victory Medal 1914-1918, 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.
28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
1 January 1914 to 31 December 1919
- 8 August 1915
8 August 1915
World War 1, 1914-18, Wars
George V (1910 - 1936), House of Windsor, English reign
- W McM (medallist's name)
- 13/537 TPR. V.A. OLEN. N.Z.E.F. (recipient's name)
- .1 - medal diameter : 36mm
(medal: 36mm diameter
ribbon: 37mm wide)
- .2 - ribbon width : 37mm
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)
16 August 2016
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