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Predicate Object 02 May 2014 2014-05-02T00:00:00.000Z 2014-05-02T00:00:00.000Z 2014.34.1 Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2014.34.1 Gift of Vyvien Palmer and Warwick Bagnall 2014-05-07T00:00:00.000Z 1 2019-10-25T03:28:07.290Z 10A 70 BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-1920, WW1 Medal awarded to 4/70|15093 Private Lemuel John (Jack) Bagnall, Auckland Infantry Battalon, killed in action, WWI, 26 March 1918. Two periods of service a) 4/70 Samoa Advance Party b) 15093 Auckland Infantry Regiment When war broke out in 1914 Jack Bagnall of Ponsonby, born in Thames on 10th June 1894 [1895], was working as a porter with the New Zealand Railways Department. He had previous military experience with the Railway Battalion, and No 3 Company NZ Field Engineers. He signed up in Auckland on 11th August and joined the Samoa Advance party. Following his return from Samoa he returned to the Railways but joined a second time in March 1916. After three months training in NZ embarked with the 14th Reinforcements, arriving in the UK in August 1916, and fin ally joining the Auckland Regiment in the field in October that year. He was with the unit until August 1917 so presumably was present at Messines in June of that year. In August he received 2 weeks leave in the UK . He had barely returned to his unit when he was evacuated sick, and spent the next three months in and out of hospital. He rejoined his unit in January 1918. Spent a week attached to the Australian Tunnellers, and was killed in action on 26th March. This was at the time when the Germans retook their former position at Grevillers. Killed in action, 26th March 1918, and one of 450 New Zealanders who died with no known grave between March – September 1918. Commemorated Grevillers NZ Memorial, Somme British War Medal 1914-1920, WW1 Medal awarded to 4/70 (15093) Private Lemuel John (Jack) Bagnall, Samoa Advance Party and Auckland Infantry Battalon,NZEF. circular silver medal; straight swivelling suspender; with piece of red, white and blue ribbon (not original) obv: The coinage head of King George V with the legend 'GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:' rev: Naked figure of St George on horseback facing right; the horse is trampling on an eagle shield representing the Central Powers and on a skull and crossbones symbolic of death; above the horse's head is the sun, symbolic of victory; around the edge are the dates, '1914' and '1918' named on edge: 4/70 SPR. L.J. BAGNALL, N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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