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Predicate Object 1981 1981-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1981-12-31T00:00:00.000Z Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N1938 2016-03-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 2019-10-25T03:38:41.364Z 3D 60 Victory Medal 1914-1919 Awarded to 47592 Lieutenant Thornhill Cooper, NZ Engineers Tunnelling Company, NZEF, WW1 Mine manager Thornhill Cooper applied to enlist with the NZ Tunnelling Company in January 1917. He was a married man with three children and the Minister of Defence enquired whether he was making suitable provision for his family and whether his wife had consented to his enlistment. In response Thornhill Cooper assured the department that his wife had given her consent to his leaving and that, if able to gain a commission as Lieutenant, he would be in a position to “make suitable provision for his family. Cooper’s initial appointment was as an NCO on probation. He was required to spend 6 weeks in camp, and prove himself suitable for a Commission. He was not however, required to sit a qualifying examination. It is unclear whether Cooper did prove himself or whether the need for experienced tunnellers was so great that the rules were bent for he was appointed as Lieutenant despite an unfavourable report which stated that he was “very small in stature and has no idea of Drill,” and unlikely to “ever make an officer”. Lieutenant Cooper embarked as a Lieutenant with the 5th Reinforcements NZ Tunnelling Coy on 26 April 1917 and spent the next two years on the Western Front. He later wrote that his two years’ service with the Tunnelling Coy gave him experience in various branches of Military engineering including “construction and repair of roads and trenches; making of dugouts, and machine gun positions; bridge building, mine tunnelling; placing mines for destruction of roads and bridges; finding and removal of German mines; and various other works incidental to modern warfare.” Following his discharge from active service Thornhill Cooper remained, for a time, on the Reserve List of Officers. He also applied, unsuccessfully, for a permanent position with as an Engineer Officer. Reference: Service Record of 47592 Thornhill Cooper, Archives NZ Correspondence: T Cooper to HQ NZMF 2.5.1919 and 2.6.1919, applying for a position as Engineer Officer. Victory Medal 1914-19, WW1 Medal awarded to Lieut. Thornhill Cooper, NZ Engineers Tunnelling Coy, NZEF. circular bronze medal with ribbon; fixed loop and ring suspension 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: 47953 LIEUT. T. COOPER. N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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