Medal, Victory

A Victory Medal. The yellow bronze medal features a standing Victory figure on the obverse. The figure is holding a palm branch in her left facing hand and extending her right facing arm. " THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914-1919 " is marked on the reverse inside a leaf design. "52716 PTE. P. MILHAM, N.Z.E.F ". is inscribed on the edge. The ribbon is a double rainbow colour with crimson on the edges and red in the centre.
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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 the collection of prominent south Taranaki lawyer John Houston.
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