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medal, campaign

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  • Other titles
    • Victory Medal 1914-1919, WW1 (medal name)
    • 13/537 Trooper Victor Albert Olen, Auckland Mounted Rifles, NZEF (associated name)
  • Description
    Victory Medal, 1914-1918, WW1
    Medal awarded to 13/537 Trooper Victor Albert Olen, Auckland Mounted Rifles, NZEF
    bronze circular medal; 36mm diameter; ring suspender, with original ribbon & oak leaf clasp
    obverse: The winged, full-length figure of Victory, with her arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand.
    reverse: inscription ‘THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILIZATION, 1914-1919’ surrounded by a wreath.
    ribbon: grosgrain ribbon, 37mm wide, rainbow pattern
    named on edge: 13/537 TPR. V.A. OLEN. N.Z.E.F.
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  • Accession date
    16 June 2016
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medal, campaign, victory medal
medal, campaign, victory medal


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2016.35.4.3 Purchase
  • Notes
    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.
  • Event
    28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    • 1914-1919
      1 January 1914 to 31 December 1919
    • 8 August 1915
      8 August 1915
  • Subject category
  • Production
    William McMillan (medallist)
    World War 1, 1914-18, Wars
    George V (1910 - 1936), House of Windsor, English reign
  • Signature/marks
    • W McM  (medallist's name)
    • 13/537 TPR. V.A. OLEN. N.Z.E.F.  (recipient's name)
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • .1 - medal diameter : 36mm
      (medal: 36mm diameter ribbon: 37mm wide)
    • .2 - ribbon width : 37mm
  • 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

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