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Predicate Object 1971 1971-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1971-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1971.56 Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N1478 2016-03-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 2019-10-25T03:37:37.833Z 2A 60 British War Medal 1914-20 Awarded to 25/1840 Rifleman Frank Silk Whitaker, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, WW1 Frank Silk Whitaker, married man of Auckland served on the Western Front and lost his life at Passchendaele. He left a ten year old son and a baby daughter he had never met. His memory is held in a small collection of embroidered postcards sent to his son. A letter to his widow described where Frank was initially buried. However, he is now listed among those with no known grave at the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. British War Medal 1914-20, WW1 Awarded to 25/1840 Rifleman Frank Silk Whitaker, New Zealand Rifle Brigade 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: 25/1840 RFLM. F.S. WHITAKER. N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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