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Predicate Object 15 Aug 2001 2001-08-15T00:00:00.000Z 2001-08-15T00:00:00.000Z 2001.25.76.1 Brent Mackrell Collection, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2001.25.76.1 2006-07-06T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-21T08:32:35.276Z 8B 13 70 World War 1/wars veterinary services/wars 1914-15 Star, Ww1 Issued to 13/637 Capt. Thomas Arnold Blake, NZ Veterinary Corps, NZEF Thomas Arnold Blake (1882-1966) was a member of the Rangoon Vol. Rifles from 1906. By 1913 he was living in New Zealand and tended horses of the Special Constables camped in the Auckland Domain during the 1913 Waterfront Strike, probably as an employee of the Department of Agriculture. During WW1 he enlisted as a Captain in the New Zealand Veterinary Corps (Service no 13/637) embarking with the Main Body. He served as an official veterinarian in the 1NZEF in France & Egypt: initially as a member of the Veterinary Corps attached to the Auckland Mounted Rifles in Egypt & Palestine, and later on the Western Front. On 29 August 1915, while in Egypt, he married Mabel Deane. Post-WW1 TA Blake served in the Territorial Army as Major. 1914-15 Star to Captain Thomas Arnold Blake, 1NZEF (NZ Veterinary Corps / NZ Mounted Rifles) 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’. inscr: 13/637 / CPT. T.A. BLAKE / N.Z.E.F. ribbon: grosgrain ribbon, 32mm wide, a watered ribbon of Red merging into white which merges into blue. medal, campaign
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