Star, 1914-15

A 1914-15 Star. The bronze crowned four pointed star also features crossed swords and a wreath of oak leaves with the royal cypher at the foot. " 1914-15 " is embossed on a central scroll. " 3/785, S. M. J. HOUSTON N.Z.E.F. " is marked on the edge. It is mounted as part of a group of five.
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This medal was awarded to John Houston for his service in the Medical Corps during World War I. The prominent south Taranaki lawyer also served in the New Zealand Temporary Service during World War II. His service medals were donated to Taranaki Museum along with his large collection of other military medals.
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