Medal, British War

A British War Medal. The obverse features an uncrowned left facing portrait of King George V. " GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP " is marked around the profile. The reverse features a St George figure on horseback which is trampling a shield representing the Central Powers and a skull and crossbones. A sun is in the background. " 1914 1918 " is marked around the edge of this scene. "52716 PTE. P MILHAM. N.Z.E.F." is inscribed on the edge. The ribbon is missing.
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Percy Milham was working as a farm hand in Whakamara when he was called up to serve in the fourth ballot in 1917. A Hawera and Normanby Star report on 11 March 1919 detailed Milham was welcomed home to Whakamara in March 1919. A large gathering at the local hall was held, and Trooper Milham was presented a “handsome wallet containing a cheque” on a behalf of the Whakamara settlers. Milham is said to have “responded with feeling” before the assembled throng sang him For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow and “dancing was resumed and was kept going in full swing till the small hours.” He married Lavinia Rose Seamark of New Plymouth in 1920. His occupation was noted as a labourer when he died in 1948. This medal was gifted to Taranaki Museum as part of a large collection made by prominent south Taranaki lawyer John Houston.
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