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Predicate Object 1966 1966-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1966-12-31T00:00:00.000Z Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N1903 2016-03-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 2019-10-25T03:38:03.396Z 3D 60 1914-15 Star, WW1 Awarded to 6/3088 Private (Driver) Sydney John Mann, NZ Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport), NZEF. Sydney John Mann commenced service on 14 June 1915. He served in Egypt and on the Western Front. In addition to his campaign medals Private Mann was awarded the French Medaille d’Honneur. He received his final discharge on 6 June 1919, having served for a total of three years and 359 days. Citation for Medaille d'Honneur: Medaille d'Honneur avec glaives (en Argent) : LG 17 March [April?] 1920, p3406 " For Distinguished services rendered in connection with the war."; Conferred on Pte Mann by the President of the French Republic and Royal Permission for its Acceptance appeared in the London Gazette dated 16 March 1920. The medal was presented to him at Napier on 18 October 1921. According to his family Sydney J Mann was an ambulance driver. “Sydney John Mann who was my mother's father, he was a private and indeed drove an ambulance in the NZEF and was a sergeant in the home guard at Napier during the second war. I understand he returned from the first war late having served in France and Belgium for the War Graves Commission and hence the citation from the French Government. On his return his demob photograph oddly has him in full uniform but holding a large vase - reputedly because he could not stop his hands from shaking - he never discussed his experiences while away and died in 1951.” (family correspondence) 1914-15 Star, WW1 Part of meda set of 6/3088 Dvr. SJ Mann, NZEF (NZ Army Service Corps : Mechanical Transport), NZEF. a bronze four pointed star with crown at top; across the face are two crossed swords; suspension ring; with ribbon obverse: central scroll with 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 verso: 6/3088 / DVR. S.J. MANN. / N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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