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Predicate Object 28 Mar 2003 2003-03-28T00:00:00.000Z 2003-03-28T00:00:00.000Z 2003.16.1 Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2003.16.1 2003-03-28T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-20T15:53:49.274Z Russian Revolution 9D 70 WW1 Medal Set: Captain Alec Hawkes Noel Whitcombe, Royal Field Artillery, WW1 BACKGROUND New Zealand-born Captain Alec Noel Hawkes Whitcombe, MC, served with the Royal Field Artillery during WW1. After leaving New Zealand in December 1915 Alec Whitcombe joined the Royal Horse Artillery. He left for France on 22 July 1916 and served on the Western Front until wounded during the German attack at Bligny on 6 June 1918. He was moved to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station, Rouen, for an operation and then evacuated to England. Following his recovery he was posted to Archangel to join the North Russia Expeditionary Force under General Ironside, fighting with the white Russians against the communists. He was awarded both the the Military Cross (British) and the Russian Order of St Anne for his services during the operations against Pocha, and providing training to the Pinega artillery forces. He returned to England in June 1919 and was on leave until returning to New Zealand in December 1919. WW1 medal set on bar to Captain Alec Noel Hawkes Whitcombe, Royal Field Artillery medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Russian Order of St Anne 1a) green medal case: marked SPINK & SONS LTD. / 17 & 18 Piccadilly. W. / Est. 1772 1b) ribbon bar: with four medal ribbons: Military Cross / British War Medal / Victory Medal / Order of St Anne (Russian) medal set
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