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Medal - Death of First British Officer in World War I, Great Britain, 1914 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 45076

Summary:
Medal commemorating the Death of the First British Officer during World War I, Staff Paymaster Joseph T. Gedge, of the H.M.S. Amphion. He was killed in action on 6 August 1914.

To honor Staff Paymaster Joseph T. Gedge, the Royal Navy inaugurated a medal in his memory that was awarded annually to an accountant officer (rank of Lieutenant) who had passed his examinations with the highest marks.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
DateEra: 1914 AD
Obverse Description: The legend TO COMMEMORATE THE LOSS OF THE FIRST BRITISH OFFICER BY LAND OR SEA IN THE GREAT WAR STAFF-PAYMASTER JOSEPH T. GEDGE R.N. WHO WAS KILLED IN H.M.S. AMPHION 6TH. AUGUST 1914; the artist's initials two Greek letters phi to right.
Reverse Description: A ship with four funnels and a tall radio mast steaming to left; above, FOR PROFESSIONAL MERIT; below, floating on ocean, a wreath.
Edge Description: The edge is stamped, SPECIMEN GILT
Inscriptions: TO COMMEMORATE THE LOSS OF THE FIRST BRITISH OFFICER BY LAND OR SEA IN THE GREAT WAR STAFF-PAYMASTER JOSEPH T. GEDGE R.N. WHO WAS KILLED IN H.M.S. AMPHION 6TH. AUGUST 1914
FOR PROFESSIONAL MERIT
SPECIMEN GILT
Shape: round
Material: Gilt Bronze
Issued By: England, Great Britain, 1914
References: References:
http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa/item/3659?CISOBOX=1&;REC=4 accessed June 2014

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