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Predicate Object 10 Mar 2003 2003-03-10T00:00:00.000Z 2003-03-10T00:00:00.000Z 2003.14.3 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2003.14.3 2003-03-24T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-06-30T20:01:00.330Z 9C 70 plastic surgery/medical services/wars WW1 miniature medal set (trio) worn by Sgt George WL 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. WWI miniature medal set awarded to Sgt GWL Thomson, 3/143, New Zealand Medical Corps, 1NZEF medal set on bar: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory medal; with ribbons fastened to metal bar bar: metal bar for three miniature medals; brooch fastening verso; slot along upper edge for medal ribbons; six pierced holes along lower edge for fastening ribbons in place with stitching markings: maker's mark on reverse side of 1914-15 Star: K.G.LUKE MELB medal set (miniature)
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