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Medal - The Defence Medal 1939-1945, Great Britain, 1945 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 44546

Summary:
Australia
The Defence Medal 1939 - 45
Awarded to: Allan Alonzo Drinkwater 38 Bomber Squadron R.A.F (but not named)

From ST36469: MEDAL GROUP, THE 1939- 1945STAR, THE AFRICA STAR WITH NORTH AFRICA 1942- 43 BAR, THE DEFENCE MEDAL 1939- 1945. AND WAR MEDAL 1939- 45. UNMOUNTED. MINIATURE SET MOUNTED WITH ABOVE GROUP. NO NAME ON MEDALS BUT THEY WERE ISSUED TO ALLAN ALONZO DRINKWATER, ENGINEER, R. A. F.
Description:
A cupro-nickel medal with mount and ribbon. The obverse features a bare 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 Royal Crown above a small oak tree growing on land surrounded by water, with two lions as supporters; around, 1939 1945; in exergue, THE DEFENCE MEDAL; the artist's monogram HWP (H. Wilson Parker) among the roots of the tree.
The edge is plain
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Returned Servicemen's League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1983
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 36 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: militaria british, 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 bare 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 Royal Crown above a small oak tree which growing on land surrounded by water, with two lions as supporters; around, 1939 1945; in exergue, THE DEFENCE MEDAL; the artist's monogram HWP (H. Wilson Parker) among the roots of the tree.
Edge Description: Plain
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 THE DEFENCE MEDAL
HWP (H. Wilson Parker)
Shape: Round with mount and ribbon
Material: Cupro Nickel
Issued By: England, Great Britain
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1945
Artist: Mr Harold Parker - Royal Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1945
Awarded To: Allan Drinkwater - Royal Air Force (RAF), Australia

Allan Alonzo Drinkwater 38 Bomber Squadron R.A.F. (but not named).
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, 252 - 253 Pages

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WIEBE SCHULTZ Posted on 01 Nov 2014 8:05 PM
i have a defense medal with name V.MULLIGAN stamper on the rim,is there a way i can get more infi,ie who was tis person and what the reason was for obtaining this medal? Thanks
Discovery Centre Posted on 08 Nov 2014 4:39 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Wiebe,
From the GOV.UK webpage, Medals: campaigns, descriptions and eligibility;
The Defence Medal was awarded for non-operational service. This type of service in the UK included those service personnel working in headquarters, on training bases and airfields and members of the Home Guard. Home Guard service counts between the dates of 14 May 1940 and 31 December 1944. The Defence Medal was also awarded for non-operational service overseas, for example in India or South Africa.
V.Mulligan would have been the receiver of your award.

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