Medals WW1-WW2; 1918-1945; 2003_354


Medals WW1-WW2

About this object

A collection of medals belonging to 13/178 Tpr. Thomas Davies Smellie Donaldson of the 11th North Auckland Mounted Rifles. Thomas served in both World Wars and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1918. The citation in the London Gazette 28th March 1918 Page 3892 reads, ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the attack he displayed great gallantry by the manner in which he conveyed the wounded across a river during the retirement. He, with another man, under heavy fire, went out and brought back the whole of the wounded, swimming with them across the river. His gallantry and disregard were most marked.’ Medals left to right. - The Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) is the oldest British award for gallantry. It was awarded to non commissioned officers and other ranks of the Army for distinguished conduct in the field. Silver medallion with King George V on the front and 'For Distinguished Conduct on the Field' on the reverse. Ribbon is crimson with a dark blue stripe down the middle. It was awarded to 525 New Zealanders in total. - The 1914-15 Star was issued to recognise service during these years of the war. The medal is made from bronze and the front (obverse) is shaped in a crowned four point star with crossed swords and a wreath of oak leaves. A royal cypher is at the bottom and a central scroll banner reads '1914-15'. On the back (reverse) is plain with an engraving of the soldiers details. The ribbon that goes with this medal is watered silk with red white and blue stripes. This medal was issued to about 2.35 million people from the British Empire. - The British War medal was issued to recognise the successful end to the Great War. The medal is made from silver and depicts on the front (obverse) the profile of King George V and on the back (reverse) is an image of St George on horseback trampling images of the central powers with skulls and cross-bones symbolising death. The ribbon that goes with this medal has a orange watered centre with thin stripes of white and black with a border of royal blue. This medal was issued to about 6.5 million people from the British Empire. - The Victory Medal is made from gold bronze and depicts on the front (obverse) the winged figure of Victory and on the back (reverse) it reads, "THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILISATION 1914-1919" inside a laurel wreath. The ribbon that goes with this medal is the 'double rainbow' ribbon of watered silk with indigo at the edges and red in the centre. This medal was issued to about 6 million military personnel from the British Empire. - The War Medal, with the head of King George VI on front and a Lion crushing its enemies 1939-1945 on the back. The ribbon is red, blue, white either side of a red stripe. - New Zealand War Service Medal. King George VI on front with a silver fern and 'For Service to New Zealand 1939-1945' on the back. Black ribbon with white edges.

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New Zealand

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18cm length x 10cm width

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medals, DCM WW1 WW2

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The Family of Thomas Donaldson

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