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Predicate Object 1948 1948-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1948-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1948.79 Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N1257, W1154.3 2016-09-06T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-22T00:42:55.537Z 1E 24 55 British War Medal 1914-20, WW1 Medal awarded to 271274 Alfred Victor Hanson, Engine Room Artificer (3rd class), Royal Navy. Alfred Victor Hanson (1888-1948) Alfred Victor Hanson, born 24.5.1888 at Woolwich, England. Began service in Royal Navy on 4 January 1904 as a Boy Artificer working on the 'Fire Queen' and was discharged on 10 June 1945 with the rank of Engine Room Artificer serving on HMS Philomel. Hanson died in New Zealand in 1948. See Certificate of service with details of ships served on, wounds, etc (MS 135) In the Royal Navy, Engine Room Artificers were responsible for the maintenance and operation of mechanical plant. Many began, like Alfred Hanson ss a Boy Artificer, learning the skills of with the skills of fitters, turners or boilermakers, and rose through the ranks from 5th Class to become 1st or 2nd Class ERAs. British War Medal 1914-20, WW1 Medal awarded to 271274 Alfred Victor Hanson, Engine Room Artificer, Royal Navy circular silver medal; plain, straight non-swivelling suspender; with ribbon obverse: coinage head of King George V with the legend GEORGIUS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP: reverse: naked figure of St. George on horseback facing right. The horse is trampling on an eagle shield and cross bones symbolic of death; above the horse’s head is the sun, symbolic of victory. Around the edge are the dates, 1914 and 1918 ribbon: broad orange watered band down the centre, bordered with white, black and blue stripes named on edge: 27/1274 A.V. HANSON. / E.R.A. 3. R.N. medal, campaign
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