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Predicate Object 26 Sep 2005 2005-09-26T00:00:00.000Z 2005-09-26T00:00:00.000Z 2005.90.4 Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2005.90.4 2005-09-12T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-21T06:41:57.023Z 9E 65 Victory Medal 1914-1919 awarded to 12/1841 2nd Lieut. WJ Woodward who served on the Western Front for approximately four years during WW1; he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry during offensive operations east of Ribecourt and Masnieres between 29 September - 3 October 1918. William John Woodward was born in England and migrated to New Zealand prior to World War One. He enlisted as a Private with the Auckland Battalion and served for approximately four years on the Western Front. On 30 April 1918 he was promoted from Warrant Officer Class II (WOII) to 2nd Lieutenant (Temp), and was serving as bombing officer when he earned the Military Cross. Following the war William Woodward farmed for a period at Glenvar Homestead near Long Bay and was later employed with the Mental Health department. He married but had no children. and although he wore his service medals on Anzac Day he did not wear his Military Cross leaving it in its original case. Victory Medal 1914-19 awarded to 12/1842 2nd Lieut William James Woodward, WW1 bronze circular medal, 36mm diameter, ring suspender, with ribbon & oak leaf clasp obverse: The winged, full-length figure of Victory, with her arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand. reverse: inscription ‘THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILIZATION, 1914-1919’ surrounded by a wreath. medal inscribed on edge with recipient's name: 12/1841 2/LT. W.J. WOODWARD. N.Z.E.F. maker's initials at lower rhs: W McM ribbon: grosgrain ribbon, 37mm wide, rainbow pattern. medal, campaign
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