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Medal - Death of First British Officer in World War I, Great Britain, 1914 Reg. No: NU 45077
- 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
|Dimensions:||38 mm (Diameter)|
|Tagged with:||wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918|
|Themes this item is part of:||Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|Tertiary Classification:||military history|
|Obverse Description:||Text; '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:||Ship with four funnels and a tall radio mast steaming to left; above, 'FOR PROFESSIONAL MERIT'; below, floating on ocean, a wreath.|
|Edge Description:||Edge is stamped, 'SPECIMEN GILT'.|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse; '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'.
Reverse; 'FOR PROFESSIONAL MERIT'.
Edge; 'SPECIMEN GILT'.
|Issued By:||England, Great Britain, 1914|
http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa/item/3659?CISOBOX=1&REC=4 accessed June 2014