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Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 44528

Summary:
Part of a medal group awarded to WO/2 W.J. Channon, VX 18392: 1939-45 Star, Africa Star (bears bronze oak leaf for Mentioned in Dispatches), Defence Medal 1939-45, War Medal 1939-45, and Australia Service Medal 1939-45. Note: oak leaf should be on ribbon of War Medal.

Part of a collection including a diary, photographs, documents and medals relating to the service of Wilfred James Channon.

Wilfred James Channon, service number VX18392, was born in West Wyalong, NSW, on 10 Nov 1900. He enlisted at Caulfield, Melbourne, on 29 May 1940. He was twice Mentioned in Dispatches while holding the rank of Sergeant - details published in the London Gazette, 30 December 1941 (page 7360, position 11) and 23 June 1942. He was discharged 14 June 1944 at the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1, while posted at the H Q First Australian Army.
Description:
A cupro-nickel medal with mount and ribbon. The obverse features a crowned head of King George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: (Translation - George VI by the Grace of God King of all the British, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); the artist's initials H.P. (T.H. Paget) in the field below the neck. The reverse depicts a lion standing facing left on a fallen two-headed dragon; in field above lion, 1939 1945; the artist's initials E.CR.P. (A. Carter Preston) in field to left of lion. The edge is impressed: VX 18392 W.J. CHANNON
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Returned Servicemen's League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1980
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 36 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: militaria australian, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Military Campaigns
Tertiary Classification: army campaigns
DateEra: 1945 AD
Obverse Description: A crowned head of King George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: (Translation - George VI by the Grace of God King of all the British, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); the artist's initials H.P. (T.H. Paget) in the field below the neck.
Reverse Description: A lion standing facing left on a fallen two-headed dragon; in field above lion, 1939 1945; the artist's initials E.CR.P. (A. Carter Preston) in field to left of lion.
Edge Description: VX 18392 W.J. CHANNON
Inscriptions: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: (Translation - George VI by the Grace of God King of all the British, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India)
H.P. (T.H. Paget)
1939 1945
E.CR.P. (A. Carter Preston)
VX 18392 W.J. CHANNON
Shape: Round with mount and ribbon
Material: Cupro Nickel
Issued By: Australia
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London, 1945
Artist: Edward Preston - Sandon Studios Society, 1945
Awarded To: Wilfred Channon, Australia

VX 18392 W.J. Channon
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], B Simpkin - Spink & Sons Ltd., A Litherland - Spink & Sons Ltd., E Joslin - Spink & Sons Ltd., British Battles and Medals, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1988, 253 Pages

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