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Predicate Object 1994.92 Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N2946.2 2016-03-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 2019-10-25T03:38:35.406Z 4E 55 Victory Medal awarded to 65512 Rifleman William Ernest (Bill) Burgess, NZ Rifle Brigade, WW1 William Burgess (1884-1958) came to NZ aged 16 years circa 1900. He was part of a group of London lads who had decided to emigrate, but Bill was the only one who actually came out. In New Zealand he worked building railways, North and South Islands [probably Main Trunk Line]. He enlisted with the NZ Rifle Brigade in 1917, aged 32 years, and embarked with the 33rd Reinforcements on 31 December 1917. Bill Burgess was badly wounded with shrapnel from a Minenwerfer during the advance after the German breakout in March 1918 [near Bapaume]. The “Minnie” came over and Bill said to his mate “that was a close one”, then looked round and his mate had lost his head, while Bill got hit across his shoulder and chest. He was sent to London for convalesce – near Greenwich. This was where he met his wife, Mabel, and settled back in England. Information from donors Victory Medal, 1914-19, WW1 Part of mounted medal set belonging to 65512 Rifleman William E (Bill) Burgess, NZ Rifle Brigade, NZEF. circular bronze medal with ribbon; fixed loop and ring suspension; mounted on bar obverse: the winged, full-length figure of Victory, with her arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand reverse: inscription: ‘THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILIZATION, 1914-1919’ surrounded by a wreath ribbon: watered colours of red, yellow, green, blue and violet merging into a rainbow pattern named on edge: 65512 RFLM. W.E. BURGESS. N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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