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Predicate Object 1984 1984-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1984-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1984.155 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, N2549 2016-03-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-06-30T20:01:44.028Z b 60 British War Medal 1914-20 Part of medal set of 4/515 Signaller Cyril RG Bassett, NZ Engineers Divisional Signal Coy., WW1 Born Auckland, 3rd January 1892, Cyril Bassett enlisted as a sapper with the Field Engineers, on the outbreak of WW1. He left New Zealand with the Main Body, on 16th October 1914. He was the first New Zealander to be awarded the Victoria Cross during WW1, for gallantry during the action at Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli on the 7th August 1915. He was evacuated out of Gallipoli on 11th August suffering from an illness, and went on to serve on the Western Front where he was twice wounded. He undertook home service during WW2. British War Medal 1914-20, WW1 Medal (part of court-mounted set) awarded to Signaller Cyril RG Bassett, NZ Engineers Divisional Signal Coy., WW1 circular silver medal; plain, straight non-swivelling suspender; with ribbon obverse: coinage head of King George V with the legend GEORGIUS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP: reverse: naked figure of St. George on horseback facing right. The horse is trampling on an eagle shield and cross bones symbolic of death; above the horse’s head is the sun, symbolic of victory. Around the edge are the dates, 1914 and 1918 ribbon: broad orange watered band down the centre, bordered with white, black and blue stripes named on edge: 4/515 LIEUT. C.R.G. BASSETT. N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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