New Zealand WW1 Victory Medal to 32360 Pte. R. C. Milne N.Z.E.F - C.I.R - WIA 18/02/18 - Gassed
A single, full size WW1 Victory medal to 32360 Private Reginald Clarence Milne of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
Reg was a farmer for H. Blucher at Broadfields. He lists a Linwood Ave, Christchurch address, with his next of kin, his father, also at the Linwood Ave, Christchurch address. He was born in Christchurch.
He started his service on the 26 of July 1916, with G Coy, 19th New Zealand Rifle Brigade Reinforcements. When arriving at Sling in the UK, he was assigned to the 5th Reserve Battalion of the 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade. When leaving for France, on the 28th of May 1917, he joined the 13th Coy, 3rd Battalion of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment. In Feb 1918, he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment.
His total oversea's service was 2 years and 42 days.
Reg fell ill with Scabies in Sept 1917, and had to be evacuated out of the line. He would later rejoin his unit.
On the 18th of Feb 1918, he was severely Gassed, and was evacuated out of the line, first to a French based hospital and then to the UK. He would remain there, until early 1919.
He was discharged from the NZ Army on the 12th of July 1919, as no longer fit for active service due to Gas Poisoning.
Reg passed away on the 27th of May 1971, in Christchurch.
He was entitle to both a British War Medal and this Victory Medal. I sadly do not know where the BWM is.
His medal is in toned condition. Note there is a area of abrasion around Reg's service number on rim. Number is still visible. Medal comes with a length of replacement ribbon.
His WW1 service file can be found here.