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Certificate of Appreciation - Shire of Coreen, Awarded to Trooper Rupert Edward Clifton, World War I, 21 Dec 1918 Document Reg. No: HT 29955

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Certificate of Appreciation from the Shire of Coreen (now the Corowa Shire), NSW, presented to Trooper Rupert Edward Clifton of the 8th Light Horse Regiment on December 21, 1918, in recognition of his service in World War I.

The certificate has been decorated with the flags of five different countries depicted as shields with the Union Jack in the centre. The floral emblems of Scotland, Ireland and England (the thistle, shamrock and rose) and icons of war (such as helmets and weapons) also form a part of the decoration. In the bottom left corner of the certificate is a print of a woman, with her back to the viewer, dressed in a white and wearing a coronet. The woman also wears an Australian flag attached to her shoulders like a cape (canton not shown) and is shown on her knees presenting what appears to be a eucalyptus branch on a red cushion.

Also framed with the certificate is an inset with a black and white photograph of a uniformed soldier, presumably Trooper Rupert Edward Clifton, in top left corner. Also shown is a window mounted dog tag in centre and two medals (the British War Medal, 1914-1920 and the Victory Medal 1919) in the top right corner.

Trooper Rupert Edward Clifton was born on 27 September 1898 and was the eldest son of Arthur William and Emily Clifton of Lowesdale, NSW. Clifton enlisted on 12 December 1917 when he was nineteen years old and subsequently sailed for Suez on the HMAT Port Darwin. Upon his arrival in September 1918, Clifton was taken on strength as part of the 8th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper Clifton served with the 8th Light Horse Regiment in the Middle East. However, Clifton was frequently hospitalised for various ailments, including mumps and malaria, before he returned to Australia on 3 July 1919. Clifton was officially discharged on 14 December 1919.

After the war Clifton lived in South Melbourne and found employment with the North Melbourne Railway yards. When Clifton was 22 years old fell 25 ft. to his death whilst at the railway yards on 5 October 1920. The death was ruled accidental and was reported in an article published in 'The Argus' on 15 October 1920. His family placed an obituary in the same paper on 7 October 1920 where he is described as a 'beloved eldest son' and 'loved brother.'
Description:
Framed and glazed certificate mounted in beige with a plain wooden frame. The certificate has been decorated with the flags of five different countries depicted as shields. The floral emblems of Scotland, Ireland and Englad and icons of war (such as helmets and weapons) also form a part of the decoration. In the bottom left corner of the certificate is a print of a woman, with her back to the viewer, dressed in a white and wearing a coronet. The woman also wears an Australian flag attached to her shoulders like a cape (canton not shown) and is shown on her knees presenting what appears to be a eucalyptus branch on a red cushion.
Also framed with the certificate is an inset with a black and white photograph of soldier in uniform in top left corner. Also shown is a window mounted dog tag in centre and two medals in the top right corner.
Discipline: History
Dimension Comment: Measurements refer to the frame of the certificate

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Tagged with: world war i 1914-1918, certificates, medals, military awards
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: certificates
Inscriptions: Hand-written in black ink on the centre top of the mount: 'No. 4615 Tpr. Rupert Edward Clifton / 8 Light Horse Regt. A.I.F.'
Hand-written in black ink on the mount between a photograph and two medals: 'Enlisted 12-12-1917 - Embarked / H.M.A.T. 'Port Darwin' 30-4-1918 / T.O.S. 8th L.H. Regt @ 'Moascar' / 27-10-1918 - R.T.A. 3-7-1919'
Printed on an image of an unfurled banner across the top of the certificate: ''In Freedom's Cause'
Printed on the left hand side of the main text of the certificate: 'France / Belgium / Servia / Japan / America'
Printed as part of the main text of the certificate: 'Shire of Coreen / Presented to'
Hand-written in black ink on the certificate below the above text: 'R.E. Clifton'
Printed as part of the main text of the certificate, below above text: 'by the President, Councillors, and Ratepayers of / the Coreen Shire in grateful appreciation of his / Services for King and Country in the Great War / (signature); (signature) / Councillor; President / (signature); (signature) / Shire Clerk; Councillor / (signature); (signature) / Shire Engineer; Councillor / (signature) / Councillor / (signature) / Councillor / Dated at Corowa'
Hand-written in black ink on the certificate below the above text: '21st December / (printed) 1918'
Printed on the right hand side of the main text of the certificate: 'Russia / Italy / Roumania / Portugal / Brazil'
Printed on an image of an unfurled banner across the bottom of the ceritificate: 'ALL HONOUR / TO THE / BRAVE'
Disclaimer printed on the bottom of the certificate: 'DW PATERSON CO. PTY. LTD. PRINT / SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE'
Disclaimer printed on the bottom of the certificate below the border: 'ISSUED UNDER THE / AUSPICES OF THE / NEW SOUTH WALES / BRANCH OF; THE RETURNED / SAILORS & SOLDIERS / IMPERIAL LEAGUE / OF AUSTRALIA'
Presented To: Tpr Rupert Clifton - Australian Imperial Force (AIF), Lowesdale, New South Wales, Australia, 21 Dec 1918
Presented By: Shire of Coreen, Corowa, New South Wales, Australia, 21 Dec 1918

In 1955 the Corowa Shire was formed under the Local Government Act from the amalgamation of the NSW Municipality of Corowa and the Shire of Coreen.

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