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Medalion

From the Collection of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection Building 129 Carlisle Drive North Bandiana Vic

Description
Bronze death disc depicting Britannia with trident standing alongside a lion and holding a laurel wreath over the name of the deceased soldier. Around the upper rim of the disc are the words "Died for Freedom and Honour". Two dolphins swim behind Britannia.
Size
120mm diameter x 4mm
Object Registration
3226
Keywords
wong, death medalion, beechworth
Historical information
Richard Wong, a 27 year old Blacksmith was born in Tasmania where his father was a Methodist minister. He moved with the family to Beechworth where his widowed mother, given as his next of kin, lived when he enlisted in the AIF on 22 January 1916. He served as No 5430 in the 17th Infantry Battalion. He was Killed in Action 2 March 1917 near Bapaume, France .
1,355,000 of these medallions were issued to next-of-kin of British Empire Service personnel.
When Made
1920 circa
Significance
Rare artefact related to a serviceman of Chinese ancestry who served in the AIF in the First World War (1914-1918).
Inscriptions & Markings
Cast into medallion "Richard Wesley Wong"
Last updated
25 Feb 2018 at 5:27PM