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Predicate Object 10 Mar 2003 2003-03-10T00:00:00.000Z 2003-03-10T00:00:00.000Z 2003.14.1.2 Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2003.14.1.2 2003-03-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-20T15:35:14.876Z 9C 70 plastic surgery/medical services/wars British War Medal awarded to Sgt GWL Thomson, 3/143, New Zealand Medical Corps, 1NZEF George William Ladd Thomson worked as a dental mechanic in Timaru before enlisting on the outbreak of WW1. He left New Zealand with the Main Body on flagship Maunganui on 3 October 1914. Following a training period in Egypt he served on Gallipoli with the Mounted Rifles and was based there until evacuation. Back in Egypt he joined the newly formed Dental Corps of Canterbury Mounted Rifles and subsequently embarked for France with No 3 NZ Field Ambulance on 6 April 1916. In March 1917 he was drafted to Queen’s Hospital, England as a technician to plastic surgery pioneer Dr Pickerill. The plastic patients and unit returned to New Zealand in March 1919 and established themselves as a special unit at Dunedin Hospital. On his discharge on 14 October 1919 George Thomson qualified at the Otago Dental School and took up practise in Remuera where he remained for 38 years until his retirement. British War Medal, WW1 Medal (part of set) awarded to Sgt George WL Thomson, 3/143, New Zealand Medical Corps, NZEF. silver medal; with ribbon; mounted as part of set obverse: the coinage head of King George V with the legend 'GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:' reverse: naked figure of St George on horseback facing right. The horse is trampling on an eagle shield representing the Central Powers and on a skull and crossbones symbolic of death; above the horse's head is the sun, symbolic of victory; around the edge are the dates: 1914 and 1918 named on edge: 3/143A SJT. G.W.L. THOMSON. N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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