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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, N2550 2016-03-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-06-30T20:01:45.018Z b 70 1914-15 Star, WW1 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. Undertook home service during WW2. 1914-15 Star, WW1 Medal (part of court-mounted set) awarded to Signaller Cyril RG Bassett, NZ Engineers Divisional Signal Coy., WW1 a bronze four pointed star with crown at top; across the face are two crossed swords; suspension ring; with ribbon obverse: at centre on a scroll is date 1914-15 surrounded by an oak wreath; superscribed below, monogram initials GV reverse: flat and plain; stamped with recipient’s details ribbon: watered ribbon of red merging into white which merges into blue named on reverse: 4/515 / LT C.R.G. BASSETT / N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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