Africa Star Medal

Production date
Circa 1945
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Description
This bronze six-pointed star has a circular centre with the GRI/VI monogram, surmounted by the Royal crown, and inscribed 'THE AFRICA STAR'. The ribbon is pale buff in colour, with a central vertical red stripe, and narrower stripes, one dark blue and the other light blue. The pale buff background symbolises the desert, the central red stripe symbolises the Army, the dark blue stripe symbolises the Navy and Merchant Navy, and the light blue stripe symbolises the Air Force.

The clasp on the ribbon is for the 8th Army.

On verso is '63718 - GNR H J BENSON'

Enclosed is a 35mm colour slide and a print of that image, of the headstone at H J Benson's grave.
Production date
Circa 1945
Production period
Collection type
Accession number
98/0745
System ID
14630
Current Rights
Culture Waitaki Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence
Organisation Credit Line
Collection of the Waitaki Museum. Id 14630

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