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medal ribbon bar

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  • Other Name

    Medal ribbon bar, WW2 (descriptive name)

    432738 Lieut. Kenneth Russell Porter, NZ Field Regt, 10th Reinforcements, 2NZEF (associated name)

  • Description

    WW2 medal ribbon bar

    Belonged to 432738 Lieut. Kenneth Russell Porter, NZ Field Regt, 10th Reinforcements, 2NZEF

    Includes ribbons for 1939-45 Star, Italian Star, War Medal 1939-45, New Zealand War Service Medal 1939-45, New Zealand Efficiency Decoration (ERII). Rosette on Efficiency Decoration ribbon denoting the grant of a clasp.

  • Associated Place
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  • Accession Date
    01 Apr 2014
  • Department
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  • Credit Line
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2014.21.24.16
    Gift of Ron Porter
  • Date
    Circa 1945
  • Associated Notes

    WW2 medal ribbon bar

    Awarded to 432738 Lieut. Kenneth Russell Porter, NZ Field Regt, 10th Reinforcements, 2NZEF

    Ken Porter, aged 19, joined up after war broke out. He was already a keen sportsman, excelling on the rugby field and at swimming. At age 21, he went overseas to join the NZ Division in the Middle East. He had been commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in New Zealand but resigned his commission to go overseas. He landed in Italy in late 1943 and saw action in most of the Italian campaigns including several months in the front line at Cassino. He was recommissioned about this time. In September that year, Ken was wounded near Rimini in Northern Italy and was sent by hospital ship to the huge base hospital at Bari in the south. While convalescing, he was posted to HQ at Senigallia in the north and it was there that he met his future Italian wife, Laura.While in Sienna awaiting transport home, Ken proposed to Laura. She followed him out to New Zealand arriving mid-1946, and they married in June. The couple had two children, Sylvia was born in 1947 and Ronald in 1951. Ken Porter served with the Territorials post-war (Auckland & Wellington) rising to the rank of Major before reaching compulsory retirement age at 45. In 1977 Ken & his family moved to Australia with his role as Victoria State Manager with the ANZ from which he reitred in 1981 on his 60th birthday. Ken was an active participant in the Kiwi section of the Australian RSL.

    In undress and in service uniform when ribbons only are worn, the grant of a clasp is shown by the wearing on the ribbon of a small silver rose. Since 1931 the Efficiency Decoration has been awarded to officers of the New Zealand Territorial Force (Army) who complete twelve years continuous and efficient service. Recipients are entitled to use the post nominal letters 'ED' after their name. Clasps are awarded for each additional six years continuous and efficient service. (Source: NZDF)

  • Associated Event
    WW2; 1939-1945
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  • Last Update
    15 May 2023

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