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Predicate Object 1964 1964-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1964-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1964.146 Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N1908 2016-03-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 2019-10-25T03:37:45.679Z 3B 60 British War Medal 1914-1920 Medal awarded to 7/1315 Major William George Wray, Canterbury Mounted Rifles, and 2nd Battalion Otago Infantry Battalion, WW1 William Wray served in South Africa [1899-1902] and subsequently as a member of the member of the Militia, Volunteers and Territorials. During WW1 he served initially with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, but transferred to the Otago Regiment in March 1916. He was awarded the Military Cross for bravery during the battle of the Somme, 1916. 7/1315 Major William George Wray, Canterbury Mounted Rifles, and 2nd Battalion Otago Infantry Battalion, WW1 With previous service in South Africa and with the volunteers William Wray was commissioned as Captain when he enlisted with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles in 1915. He embarked for Egypt with the 6th Reinforcements on 14th August 1915. In March 1916 he transferred to 2nd Company Otago Infantry Battalion to serve on the Western Front. On 15th September 1916 Captain Wray received a severe gunshot wound to the left shoulder and hand during the attack on Switch Line, south-east of High Wood, on the Somme. He was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery under fire and, despite being wounded, for his inspiring example. He was again wounded on 31st May 1917 [June 1st], while quartered at Hill 63 during the lead-up to the Battle of Messines a shell burst outside his quarters and Major Wray was evacuated back to England. This was the end of his front-line service. In February 1918 he was given command of troops on a returning transport HMS Tahiti, but shortly after his return to New Zealand Wray was discharged from the NZEF as no longer fit for active service. British War Medal 1914-20, WW1 Awarded to 7/1315 Major William George Wray, 2nd Battalion Otago Regiment, NZEF. 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 Medal named on edge: 7/1315 MAJOR. W.G. WRAY. N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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