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Predicate Object 16 Oct 1997 1997-10-16T00:00:00.000Z 1997-10-16T00:00:00.000Z 1997.77.1.3 Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1997.77.1.3 2000-05-08T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-21T07:39:47.120Z Rafah 9B 70 1914-15 Star to Robert Gracie Milligan for WW1 service, initially as a Lieutenant (service number 13/989) with the 3rd Auckland Mounted Rifles, and then with the NZ Field Artillery in France and Belgium. He was promoted to Captain and then as Major-Battery Commander while with the NZFA. Part of set of 11 medals RG Milligan served with the Volunteers and Territorials between 1910 and 1940. During WW1 he served overseas with the New Zealand Artillery and at the outset of WW2 he was Fortress Commander - Auckland Fortress area, retiring from this position in 1940. His total military service spanned thirty years. Career summary: Born in NSW Australia in 1891 and immigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1896. He enlisted as a gunner with No 2 Garrison Artillery Volunteers, Auckland, in 1910 and was promoted as Lieutenant at the outbreak of WW1. He then enlisted with the 3rd Auckland Mounted Rifles and sailed with the 5th Reinforcements, serving on Gallipoli until the evacuation. He then transferred to the New Zealand Field Artillery and served on the Western Front where he was promoted to the position of Major-Battery Commander. He was awarded the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) "For distinguished service in connection with military operations in France and Flanders." (London Gazette, 1 January 1919). Post-war Robert Milligan rejoined the Territorials as a Colonel and served as Aide de Camp to Lord Bledisloe. In 1939 he was appointed as Fortress Commander, Auckland, retiring from this position in 1940. In 1935 Col. Milligan was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his services to the Territorials. He died, in Auckland, in August 1962. For details of career see Personal Record and Cenotaph data-base. 1914-15 Star, WW1 Medal awarded to Colonel Robert Gracie Milligan DSO OBE VD m-i-d part of set of 11 medals bronze four pointed star; 55mm width; ring suspender, with ribbon obverse: a four pointed star having the uppermost point replaced by a crown, two crossed swords, the points and handles of which protrude between the points of the star. In the centre on a scroll is the date ‘1914-15’; this is surrounded by an oak wreath, on the bottom of which is a ‘G’ which encloses a ‘V’. ribbon: grosgrain ribbon, 32mm wide, a watered ribbon of red merging into white which merges into blue. medal, campaign
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