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medallion, commemorative

Object / Artefact › History
  • Other titles
    • Memorial Plaque, WW1 (medal name)
    • 13/537 Trooper Victor Albert Olen, Auckland Mounted Rifles, NZEF (associated name)
  • Description
    Memorial Plaque, WW1
    Next-of-kin Memorial Plaque commemorating the death of 13/537 Trooper Victor Albert Olen, Auckland Mounted Rifles, NZEF.

    circular medallion cast in bronze
    obverse: legend around: HE * DIED * FOR * FREEDOM * AND * HONOUR *; in field: Britannia standing holding wreath over rectangular tablet with name of deceased; in exurgue: The British lion vanquishing the German eagle.
    naming: in raised font within the rectangular tablet: VICTOR ALBERT / OLEN
    obverse: medallist's initials lower rhs: ECRP
    numbered on lhs near lion's paw: 15
    reverse: unmarked
  • Place
  • Other Number
    2016.35.6, BHMIII:4134
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
    16 June 2016
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
plaque, memorial
plaque, memorial


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2016.35.6 Purchase
  • Notes
    Memorial Plaque, WW1
    Next-of-kin Memorial Plaque commemorating the death of 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
    8 August 1915
    8 August 1915
  • Subject category
  • Production
    Preston, E. Carter (designer)
    Circa 1918
    World War 1, 1914-18, Wars
    George V (1910 - 1936), House of Windsor, English reign
    die cast/casting
  • Signature/marks
    • ECRP  (medallist's initials)
    • "15"  (number)
  • Consists of
    0 - Whole › bronze
    cast bronze AE 120 cast
  • Dimensions
    0 - Whole diameter : 120mm
    (diameter: 120mm)
  • 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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