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Predicate Object Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N1524 2016-03-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 2019-10-25T03:38:55.343Z 2A 55 Victory Medal 1914-1919, WW1 Medal awarded to 2/2144 Sergeant Reginald Noble Hamlin, 3rd Battery, 1st Brigade, New Zealand Field Artillery, NZEF Reginald Hamlin of Auckland enlisted with the New Zealand Field Artillery and embarked with the 7th Reinforcements on 9 October 1915. He had earlier served as a Territorial with the Auckland (Countess of Ranfurly’s Own) Regiment. Sergeant Hamlin’s war included service in Roumania which was recognised in the New Years Honours Despatch, and with the Roumanian decoration Medaille Barbatie si Credinta, (2nd Class). Reginald Hamlin returned to New Zealand in 1919. In 1923 Reginald Hamlin married Mavis Maude Butland. The couple lived in Kingsway Ave, Sandringham, and Reginald took up employment with the New Zealand Government as an insurance agent. In 1940 he enlisted for home service during WW2. He was initially posted to the National Military Reserve, and after 18 months was appointed T/Lieut. 4th Battalion, Auckland (Countess of Ranfurlys’ Own) Regiment, and 1943 he was appointed to the Adjt. QM Home Guard Devonport Bn. Shortly after he was posted to the Reserve, but on 4th September 1945 he died of illness at Auckland Hospital. At the time of his death his occupation was listed as Commercial Traveller. It was initially believed that his death was attributable to his service with the NZEF during WW1, but following further investigation it was established that his death was attributable to his war service in New Zealand during WW2. Victory Medal, 1914-19, WW1 Medal awarded to 2/2144 Sergeant Reginald Noble Hamlin, New Zealand Field Artillery, 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: 2/2144 SJT. R.N. HAMLIN. N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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