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Medal - Victory 1914-1919, Great Britain, General Sir Edmund Francis Herring, 1919 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 44580 5

Summary:
Victory Medal 1919-1920, awarded to Mjr. Edmund (Ned) Francis Herring.
(The Victory Medal is the fifth medal from the left in the group.)

Born on 2 September 1892 at Maryborough, Victoria, Major Herring was one of the most renowned Australian senior officers in World War II. In September 1942 he became commander of New Guinea Force. He also served in World War I, earning the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross. He was awarded the British War Medal 1914-1918, 'Victory Medal with mentioned in despatches Oak Leaf (Missing on this set)', 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 193-45, Australian War Service Medal 1939-45, King George V Jubilee Medal, Elizabeth II Coronation Medal, Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, Efficiency Decoration, The War Cross 1940 - Greece, Distinguished Service Cross (Army) U.S.A.

Herring later served for 20 years as Victoria's Chief Justice, and was Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria for a record 27 years, retiring at the age of 80 in 1972. He was also Chancellor of the Diocese of Melbourne, was President of the Boy Scouts' Association of Victoria for 23 years and became President of the Australian Boy Scouts' Association. He died at Camberwell, Melbourne on 5 January 1982.

The Victory Medal was authorised in 1919 and was awarded to army, navy and air force personnel who served in a theatre of war between midnight 4th-5th August 1914 and midnight 11th-12th November 1918. The Allies resolved that, if they wished to issue a Victory Medal, it would share a common feature of a depiction of Victory on the obverse and a ribbon of red, yellow, green, blue and violet merged into a rainbow pattern. This medal, that of Great Britain, was awarded to personnel from countries in the British Empire (some 5,725,000 were issued). The other Allied countries that issued Victory medals were: Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Romania, Thailand, Union of South Africa and the United States of America.
Description:
Bronze medal with ring mount for ribbon. The obverse features a figure of Victory facing three-quarters right with wings spread; in her right hand she holds a palm branch, her left hand is extended and open. The artist's initials, W.McM. (W. McMillan) are above the ground line on the right. The reverse has the words, THE GREAT . WAR FOR . CIVILISATION 1914 - 1919 within a circular wreath of laurel. The edge is impressed in block capitals: MAJOR E.F. HERRING
Acquisition Information:
Donation from General Edmund Herring
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 100 mm (Height), 240 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Part of mounted group - dimension for medal.

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, The Royal Mint, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Military Campaigns
Tertiary Classification: army campaigns
DateEra: 1919 AD
Obverse Description: A figure of Victory facing three-quarters right with wings spread; in her right hand she holds a palm branch, her left hand is extended and open. The artist's initials, W.McM. (W. McMillan) are above the ground line on the right.
Reverse Description: The words, THE GREAT . WAR FOR . CIVILISATION 1914 - 1919 within a circular wreath of laurel.
Edge Description: MAJOR E.F. HERRING
Inscriptions: W.McM. (W. McMillan)
THE GREAT . WAR FOR . CIVILISATION 1914 - 1919
MAJOR E.F. HERRING
Shape: Rectangle
Material: Bronze
Issued By: England, Great Britain
Mint: Royal Mint, London
Artist: William McMillan
Awarded To: General Edmund Herring, Australia, 1919

Major E.F. Herring
References: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/herring-sir-edmund-francis-ned-12626
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, 230 - 1 Pages

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