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human history
  • Other Name

    New Zealand Service Medal 1939-1945 (descriptive name)

    Colonel Robert Gracie Milligan DSO OBE VD (associated name)

  • Description

    New Zealand War Service Medal 1939-45, WW2

    Part of medal set awarded to 1939-1945 to Colonel Robert Gracie Milligan DSO OBE VD m-i-d

    cupronickel medal, 36mm diameter, suspender composed of two fern leaves joined at the stalk end

    obverse: uncrowned head of King George VI, surrounded by the legend ‘GEORGIUS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F:D: IND: IMP:’

    Reverse: The inscription ‘FOR SERVICE TO NEW ZEALAND 1939/45; fern frond below

    Ribbon: 32mm wide grosgrain ribbon, coloured black with white edges

  • Place
  • Associated Place
  • Accession Number
    1997.77.1.7
  • Accession Date
    16 Oct 1997
  • Other Id

    Spink: 168 (Spink 1988)

  • Department
  • Display Room
medal set front (1997.77.1)

Images and documents

Images

Artefact

  • Display location

    Pou Maumahara drawer bank 9, drawer B, medal position 7

  • Credit Line
    Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1997.77.1.7
  • Primary Maker

     Dr John Beaglehole (Designed by)

     E. Mervyn Taylor (Designed by)

     Thomas Humphrey Paget (Medallist)

     Harold Wilson Parker (Medallist)

  • Place
  • Date
    [1948]
  • Associated Notes

    New Zealand Service Medal, 1939-1945 to Colonel Robert Gracie Milligan DSO OBE VD m-i-d (1891-1962)

    part of set of 11 medals

    RG Milligan served with the Volunteers and Territorials between 1910 and 1940. During WW1 he served overseas with the New Zealand Artillery and at the outset of WW2 he was Fortress Commander - Auckland Fortress area, retiring from this position in 1940. His total military service spanned thirty years.

    Career summary:

    Born in NSW Australia in 1891 and immigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1896. He enlisted as a gunner with No 2 Garrison Artillery Volunteers, Auckland, in 1910 and was promoted as Lieutenant at the outbreak of WW1. He then enlisted with the 3rd Auckland Mounted Rifles and sailed with the 5th Reinforcements, serving on Gallipoli until the evacuation. He then transferred to the New Zealand Field Artillery and served on the Western Front where he was promoted to the position of Major-Battery Commander. He was awarded the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) "For distinguished service in connection with military operations in France and Flanders." (London Gazette, 1 January 1919). Post-war Robert Milligan rejoined the Territorials as a Colonel and served as Aide de Camp to Lord Bledisloe. In 1939 he was appointed as Fortress Commander, Auckland, retiring from this position in 1940.

    In 1935 Col. Milligan was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his services to the Territorials. He died, in Auckland, in August 1962.

    For details of career see Personal Record and Cenotaph data-base.

  • Associated Event
    WW2; 1939-1945
  • Associated Person
  • Associated Place
  • Associated Date
    1939-1945
  • Period
  • Signature/marks

    HP (medallist's name)

  • Media/Materials
  • Measurement Description
    medal set: 98x183mm
  • Measurement Reading

    36mm

    32mm

    99mm

  • Subject Category
  • Classification
  • Last Update
    19 Mar 2024
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