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Predicate Object [1980] 1980-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1980-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1980.19 Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1979.145, N1633 2017-01-31T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-22T00:42:34.323Z 2D 60 Victory Medal, 1914-19, WW1 Medal awarded to 62300 Pte Henry Herbert (Bert) Gill, 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, NZEF. Bert Gill was living and working as a carpenter in Hamilton at the time of his call-up. He did not volunteer for military service but was conscripted by ballot in 1917, leaving New Zealand on 13 October 1917. Seriously wounded on the Somme, France, in August 1918, he was admitted to a military hospital in Rouen. Bert Gill died of wounds in France on 2nd October 1918, one month before the armistice ended the war. In his final letter home, dated 30 September 1918, he was still optimistic about returning to his family, including the daughter who was just 6 months old when he left New Zealand in October 1917. Bert Gill was buried at the Bois-Guillaume Communal Cemetery Extension, Seine-Maritime, France. Victory Medal, 1914-19, WW1 Medal awarded to 62300 Pte Henry Herbert (Bert) Gill, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 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: 62300 PTE. H.H. GILL. N.Z.E.F. medal, campaign
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