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Predicate Object Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N1893 2016-03-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-06-30T20:00:49.560Z 3C 55 British War Medal 1914-1920, WW1 Medal awarded to 13/897 Tpr Charles Lynleigh Dawes, NZ Mounted Rifles, NZEF. The son of Thomas and Louisa Dawes, of 5, King's View Rd., Mount Eden, Auckland, Charles Lynleigh Dawes embarked with the fourth draft of the Auckland Mounted Rifles which left for Suez on 17 April 1915, arriving on 25 May 1915. Following training in Suez, the unit went on to Gallipoli, and within weeks Dawes was killed in action during the second assault on Hill 60 which began on 27 August 1915. The following day he was reported missing. On Saturday, 11 December 1915, his identity disk was handed into the Auckland Mounted Rifles orderly room by a man who stated he removed it from a decayed body on Hill 60. Dawes had been killed on 28 August, 3 months previously ("Bloody Gallipoli: The New Zealanders' Story" p 224) August 1915 has been described as: "the month that was to see the Auckland Mounted Rifles and all other regiments of the attacking force from ANZAC cut down to mere handfuls of sick and exhausted men; the month of fate that was to see all the sacrifice of lives, all the imperishable valour, all the striving of naked quivering souls, reap nothing but fame" (C. G. Nicol, "The Story of Two Campaigns. Official War History of the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment", page 60). British War Medal 1914-20, WW1 Medal awarded to 13/897 Tpr Charles Lynleigh Dawes, NZ Mounted Rifles, NZEF. circular silver medal; plain, straight non-swivelling suspender; ribbon missing 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: 13/897 TPR. C.L. DAWES. N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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