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Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18220

Summary:
Australia
War Medal 1939 - 1945 1945 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Rentoul, Y.E.
Other Details: War 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 Australian Service Medal (NU 18219]. 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.
Description:
A cupro-nickel medal with mount and ribbon. The obverse features a crowned head of King George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: (Translation - George VI by the Grace of God King of all the British, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); the artist's initials H.P. (T.H. Paget) in the field below the neck. The reverse depicts a lion standing facing left on a fallen two-headed dragon; in field above lion, 1939 1945; the artist's initials E.CR.P. (A. Carter Preston) in field to left of lion. The edge is impressed: 350085 Y.E.RENTOUL
Acquisition Information:
Donation
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 36 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Yvonne Ethel Rentoul, Servicewoman (1908- circa 1985), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Military Campaigns
Tertiary Classification: army campaigns
Series: Military
DateEra: 1945 AD
Obverse Description: A crowned head of King George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: (Translation - George VI by the Grace of God King of all the British, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); the artist's initials H.P. (T.H. Paget) in the field below the neck.
Reverse Description: A lion standing facing left on a fallen two-headed dragon; in field above lion, 1939 1945; the artist's initials E.CR.P. (A. Carter Preston) in field to left of lion.
Edge Description: 350085 Y.E.RENTOUL
Inscriptions: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: (Translation - George VI by the Grace of God King of all the British, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India)
H.P. (T.H. Paget)
1939 1945
E.CR.P. (A. Carter Preston)
350085 Y.E.RENTOUL
Shape: Round with mount and ribbon
Material: Cupro Nickel
Issued By: Australia
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London, 1945
Artist: Edward Preston - Sandon Studios Society, 1945
Awarded To: Yvonne Rentoul, Australia

350085 Y.E. Rentoul
References: Joslin 166
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], B Simpkin - Spink & Sons Ltd., A Litherland - Spink & Sons Ltd., E Joslin - Spink & Sons Ltd., British Battles and Medals, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1988, 253 Pages

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Gary Henry Posted on 10 May 2010 2:46 PM
I have a british ww2 medal and Ican't find it anywhere can you help

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