British War Medal

McMillan, William (b.1887, d.1977)
Production date
Circa 1919
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Object detail

The obverse of this medal shows the uncrowned left-facing profile of King George V by Sir Bertram Mackennal. The reverse of the medal depicts St George on horseback trampling underfoot the eagle shield of the Central Powers, and a skull and cross-bones (the emblems of death). Above, the sun has risen in victory. The figure is mounted on horseback to symbolise man's mind controlling a force of greater strength than his own, and thus alludes to the scientific and mechanical developments and machines which helped to win the war.

Issued to Stanley Frederick Bartrum. Number 25177 Private 2nd Battalion 8th Southland Regiment 1st NZEF. Born Kurow 10 February 1895 married Gladys May Townsley 1924 at St Luke’s. Died Oamaru Hospital 26th May 1985, buried Oamaru Lawn Cemetery. After the war he farmed in Kyeburn and then 1939 - 1985 he lived at Herbert (in old Presbyterian manse). He was a hen farmer and bee keeper.

Note: Ribbon accessioned with this medal is the ribbon for the Victory Medal so it is the incorrect ribbon for this medal.
Production date
Circa 1919
Production period
Collection type
Silver, silk ribbon
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Current Rights
Culture Waitaki Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence
Organisation Credit Line
Collection of the Waitaki Museum. Id 1515


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