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Medal - Australian Service Medal and Pacific Star Medal

From the Collection of Melbourne Legacy 293 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria

Description
Silver circular medal and bronze star shaped medal from World War 2 mounted on ribbons initially together by a safety pin.
01700.1 The medal is nickel silver with the crowned effigy of King George VI on the obverse. The reverse has the Australian coat of arms, placed centrally, surrounded by the words ‘THE AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL 1939-1945’. The normal ribbon is missing and it is on the ribbon meant for the UK War Medal which is of red, white and blue to represent the colours of the Union Flag.
01700.2 The six–pointed star is yellow copper zinc alloy. The obverse has a central design of the Royal and Imperial cypher, surmounted by a crown. The cypher is surrounded by a circlet containing the words ‘The Pacific Star’. The ribbon has central yellow and green stripes that represent the forests and the beaches of the Pacific, flanked dark blue, light blue and red stripes that represent the service of the Naval Forces and Merchant Navy, the Air Forces and the Armies.
Size
01700.1 Medal 50 x 38 mm ; Ribbon 140 x 31 mm ; 01700.2 Medal 55 x 40 mm ; Ribbon 140 x 31 mm
Object Registration
01700
Keywords
world war two, medallion
Historical information
The Australian Service Medal and Pacific Star Medal that were awarded to Private Arthur Norman Comben for his war service in World War Two.
From the AWM website Private Arthur N Comden of the 2/21st Battalion, died on Hainan Island, China, on 27 June 1945.
When Made
1949
Significance
These are examples of World War 2 medals awarded to a serviceman who participated in the conflict in the Pacific region. Many returned servicemen joined Legacy after World War 2 and would have had similar medals.
Inscriptions & Markings
Both engraved with 'VX26251 A. N. Comben'.
Last updated
4 Mar 2020 at 4:55PM