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Predicate Object 16 Jun 2016 2016-06-16T00:00:00.000Z 2016-06-16T00:00:00.000Z 2016.35.2.1 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2016.35.2.1 2016-08-16T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-10-19T02:21:49.866Z 10B 70 casualties/wars 1914-1915 Star awarded to 12/203 Corporal John O’Donnell, Auckland Infantry Battalion, NZEF. 12/203 Corporal John (Jack) O'Donnell served with the 3rd Company, Auckland Infantry Battalion, NZEF, and embarked with the Main Body of the NZEF in October 1914. Corporal O'Donnell was killed in action by shrapnel at Plugges Plateau, Gallipoli, during the Battle of the Landing. He was aged 21 years and was one of a hundred Aucklanders killed on that day. He was later buried at Plugge's Plateau Cemetery (B.4). Jack O'Donnell was born at Kaeo, Northland on 25 December 1893. He was a keen rugby playeer and served as a volunteer with the Territorials with the rank of Sergeant. For many years he lived at Kaihu near Dargaville, where he was emplkoyed by Mr. E. Trounson. At the time of his enlistment on 11 August 1914 Jack O'Donnell was employed as a bushman by Robert Gibbons of Piha. His parents, William and Catherine Elizabeth O'Donnell lived at 50 Grange Road, Mt. Eden, Auckland. . 1914-15 Star, WW1 Medal (part of court-mounted set) awarded to 12/203 Corporal John O’Donnell, Auckland Infantry Battalion, NZEF. bronze four pointed star with crown and suspension ring at top; two crossed swords across face; scroill at centre with date 1914-15, surrounded by oak wreath with initials GV at base reverse: plain reverse stamped with recipient's details suspension: ring suspension ribbon: watered ribbon of red merging into white which merges into blue named verso: 12/203 / CPL. J. O'DONNELL / N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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