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Medal - Victoria Cross, Great Britain, 1868 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 42203

Summary:
Victoria Cross military medal awarded to Drummer Michael Magner, 33rd regiment, Duke of Wellington's Regiment, April 13, 1868, during the Abyssinia Campaign.

Lieutenant General Lord Napier reported that while the head of the column of attack was checked by the obstacles at the gate, a small line of officers and men of the 33rd Regiment and an officer of Engineers broke away from the main approach to Magdala. They climbed up a cliff, reached the defences and forced their way over the wall, and through a strong and thorny fence, therein turning the defenders of the gateway. The first two men to enter were Drummer Magner and Private Bergin of the 33rd Regiment. They were both awarded Victoria Crosses (London Gazette, 28 July 1868).

Michael Magner migrated with his wife and children to Tasmania, Australia in 1886 and remained there until moving to Victoria in 1893. He died in Fitzroy, Victoria on 6 February 1897 at the age of 56 and was buried in Melbourne General Cemetery.
Description:
A bronze cross Pattee with loop to crimson ribbon. The obverse features a crowned lion standing to left with head facing on the Royal Crown; around below on a semi-circular scroll, FOR VALOUR. The reverse has engraved on the suspension bar DRUMMER MICHAEL MAGNER ... and on the circular panel at the centre of the cross APRIL 1868
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 40 mm (Width), 90 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: military trophies, victoria cross
Themes this item is part of: Michael Magner, Victoria Cross Recipient, Duke of Wellington's Regiment, George Henry Wannenmacher, Medal Collector (1865-1930), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Wannenmacher Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Decorations - Military
Tertiary Classification: bravery
DateEra: 1868 AD
Obverse Description: A bronze cross Pattee with loop to suspension bar for crimson ribbon. The obverse features a crowned lion standing to left with head facing on the Royal Crown; around below on a semi-circular scroll, FOR VALOUR.
Reverse Description: The reverse has engraved on the suspension bar DRUMMER MICHAEL MAGNER ... and on the circular panel at the centre of the cross APRIL 1868
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: FOR VALOUR
DRUMMER MICHAEL MAGNER
APRIL 1868
Shape: Cross & ribbon
Material: Bronze
Issued By: England, Great Britain, 1868
Awarded To: Michael Magner - Duke of Wellington's Regiment, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 1868

Magner moved to Fitzroy, Victoria in 1893.
Place & Date of Event: Abyssinia (Ethiopia), 1868

Abyssinia Campaign was in modern day Ethiopia.
Previous Collection: George Wannenmacher, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920s
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Staunton, Anthony. 1985. Michael Magner VC. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 1 (July 1985): 19-23.
  2. [Book], Garrie Hutchinson, Remember Them; a Guide to Victoria's Wartime Heritage, Hardie Grant Books, Melbourne, 2009, 30 Pages

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