Medal, New Zealand Long and Efficient Service

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A New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal. The silver plated medal features an imperial crown with a crossed sword and sceptre on the obverse. " N. Z. " is marked below this design The design is flanked by a wreath of oak leaves and wattle. Four stars, representing the Southern Cross, are spaced in the field. " FOR / LONG SERVICE / AND / GOOD CONDUCT " is marked on the reverse. " 105 1/6 PRIV THOMAS HICKMAN P.M " is marked on the edge. It is attached to a crimson ribbon with two central white stripes and is attached to a simple suspension ring. It is mounted as part of a medal group of three.
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Thomas Hickman served in the Wellington Rangers during Tītokowaru's War and then joined the Armed Constabulary on 9 October 1868 and was posted to Pātea and Kai Iwi before going to the East Coast in 1869 in the campaigns surrounding Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki. After being posted to Tauranga and Taupō he returned to Taranaki and was stationed at Pukearuhe, New Plymouth and Ōkato. He was present at the invasion of Parihaka on 5 November 1881 and was transferred to Opunake in 1885. He was appointed the Armed Constabulary's "race relations expert" and dealt with Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi of Parihaka extensively. See: Sherwood Young. 'Hickman, Thomas - Hickman, Thomas', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 30-Oct-2012
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/biographies/2h33/hickman-thomas 
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A59.330
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Hi, the medal in the centre is not the Long and Efficient Service Medal, it is the New Zealand (Permanent Militia) Longs Service and Good Conduct Medal. The reverse of the Long and Efficient Service Medal says exactly that "For Long and Efficient Service", whereas the reverse of this one is "For Long Service and Good Conduct". It is identical to the Police LSGCM that Hickman has, except it is named to P.M. i.e. Permanent Militia - a military formation. It also hung off a plain crimson ribbon, not the ribbon with white and black stripes. Note, the naming on your record says '1/6 PRIV..." it should read 1/c i.e. 1st Class Private. There has been much confusion between the centre medal and the Police LSGCM on the end. The only difference is the ribbon and the way they are named - P.M. medals have a military rank, whereas the Police medal will be named to a Police rank e.g. Constable. Hope this will help clarify your records. Kind regards, Phil Beattie.

- Phil Beattie on 03-08-2013 22:15:00

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