Medal, British War

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A British War Medal awarded to Private Edward Cain during World War One. 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. " 25109 PTE. E. CAIN C. A. JORDAN. N.Z.E.F" is inscribed on the edge. The ribbon has a watered orange centre with stripes of black and white at the sides and royal blue edges. The ribbon has been cut at the top fold.
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This medal was awarded to Edward Cain, who served as a rifleman in World War One. Edward was English and moved to Te Kiri, South Taranaki, where he worked as the storekeeper. He enlisted in 1916 but was discharged in 1917 as being too old for service (he was 40 when he was discharged). When he returned to New Zealand he moved to Havelock North and sold fruit, but clearly made an impression in Te Kiri as the community presented him with a commemorative medal for his service in 1918.
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