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Medal - Australia Service Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945 Reg. No: NU 18219
Australian Service Medal 1939 - 1945 1945 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: 350085 Y.E. Rentoul
Other Details: Australian Service medal awarded to Yvonne Ethel Rentoul. Rentoul was born on 15 Nov 1908. She served in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II, and was also awarded the War Service medal [NU 18220] . Her service number was 350085. In Townsville the establishment of the RAAF Headquarters, North-Eastern Area, created an urgent need for teleprinter operators and general clerks. Around 20 airwomen were posted to the base between October 1941 and February 1942. Section Officer Yvonne Rentoul was posted to Townsville as Officer-in-Charge of WAAAF in early 1942. She was responsible for the establishment of WAAAF Barracks at St Anne's School (its pupils had been evacuated inland) and also the administration of the WAAAF in Townsville. She oversaw the conduct and well-being of hundreds of airwomen among the thousands of servicemen, many of whom had recently returned from forward areas. She had to deal with tensions between Australian and American servicemen and between service personnel and the civilian population. In April 1942, Rentoul conducted a course for WAAAF recruits from Townsville, aiming primarily to provide twelve drivers for senior American officers. Rentoul was discharged at the RAAF Headquarters on 2 Dec 1945.
- A nickel-silver medal with ribbon. The obverse features a crowned head of King Geirge VI facing left with the artist's initials PM in the field below the neck; around, GEORGIVS VI G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP:
The reverse has the Australian Coat of Arms; around above, THE AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL; below, 1939 - 1945.
The edge is impressed in capitals: 350085 Y.E.RENTOUL.
- Acquisition Information:
|Tagged with:||wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, png independence medal|
|Themes this item is part of:||Yvonne Ethel Rentoul, Servicewoman (1908-?), Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|Secondary Classification:||Military Campaigns|
|Tertiary Classification:||army campaigns|
|Obverse Description:||A crowned head of King Geirge VI facing left with the artist's initials PM in the field below the neck; around, GEORGIVS VI G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP:|
|Reverse Description:||The Australian Coat of Arms; around above, THE AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL; below, 1939 - 1945.|
|Edge Description:||350085 Y.E.RENTOUL|
|Inscriptions:||GEORGIVS VI G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP:
THE AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL 1939 - 1945.
|Shape:||Round and ribbon|
|Awarded To:||Yvonne Rentoul|