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Predicate Object 15 Oct 2007 2007-10-15T00:00:00.000Z 2007-10-15T00:00:00.000Z 2007.90.6 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2007.90.6 unknown 2007-09-05T00:00:00.000Z 4 2020-12-21T10:09:40.773Z 70 medical services/wars New Zealand Forces buttons (x4)of 31434 Rflm Frederick Charles Reynolds, NZRB, NZEF, WW1 Rifleman FC Reynolds served with the NZ Rifle Brigade on the Western Front (France & Belgium), including 18 months working as a stretcher bearer before being discharged as physically unfit from gas poisoning and wounds received in action near Ypres in late 1917 (shrapnel in back). There were approximately nine bearers in his unit and he was the only one to return. Frederick Reynolds was working up north as a gum digger near Waihopo, Northland, at the outbreak of war, and after his discharge took up fencing contracts at Tolaga Bay, and then went back to the gumfields. His daughter says "he walked off with a money belt full of sovereigns" and bought a farm near Kaitaia. Buttons of New Zealand Forces belonged to 31434 Rflm Frederick Charles Reynolds, NZRB, NZEF, WW1 Four circular buttons made from brass. Raised designs of 4 stars on the obverse with text around reading: NEW ZEALAND FORCES. The reverse has loops for securing to clothing. Manufacturers names are on the reverse and read: STOKES & SONS/ MELB. The buttons are made circa 1915, the buttons were introduced 1911 and were in use until 1945 button, regimental
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