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medal, award

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  • Other titles
    • Polar Medal 1902-1904 (descriptive name)
    • C Reginald Ford (FRIBA FRGS) (associated name)
  • Description
    Polar Medal 1902-1904
    Awarded to C Reginald Ford (FRIBA FRGS)
    eight-sided silver medal; ornate scroll suspension; with ribbon
    obverse: bust of King Edward VII in naval uniform with order and medals facing left; legend around: EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR
    reverse: image of HMS Discovery with a sledging party in the foreground
    Bar: ANTARCTICA 1902-1904
    named on edge: ACTG SHIP'S STEWD C.R. FORD
    obverse: lower rhs: medallist's initials GES
    reverse: lower lhs: EG; Ernest Gillick; sculptor
  • Place
  • Other Number
    N1509, N1509.1
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medal, award, N1509, N1509.1, Photographed by: Rohan Mills, photographer, digital, 22 Dec 2016, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N1509
  • Notes
    Polar Medal 1904
    Medal awarded to Charles Reginald Ford.
    Charles Reginald Ford (1880-1972) born in London joined the Royal Navy and served on several vessels. In 1901 he volunteered to serve of the Royal Geographic Society Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott, serving as a steward and assistant to Captain Scott. He later returned to New Zealand where he married, and studied architecture. In 1923 he moved to Auckland and formed a partnership with WH Gummer (Gummer and Ford). He was a fellow of the Royal Society, and also became closely involved with the Auckland Museum, being appointed as Honorary Curator of English ceramics.
    Medal instituted by King Edward VII in 1904
  • Event
    Discovery Expedition Antarctic 1901-1904
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    1 January 1901 to 31 December 1904
  • Subject category
  • Production
    George William de Saulles (medallist)
    Gillick, Ernest (sculptor)
    [United Kingdom]Europe
    [United Kingdom]Europe
    Edward VII (1901-1910), House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, English reign
  • Signature/marks
    • DES  (medallist's name)
    • EG  (medallist's name)
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • 1 - Medal length x width : 47 x 35mm
    • 2 - Ribbon length x width : 30 x 35mm
    • 3 - Pin length x width : 26 x 35mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    6 September 2016

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