New Zealand WW1 Victory Medal to 16147 Lieut J. W. MacLachlan N.Z.E.F. - N.Z.A.S.C & NZ Divisional Train
A single, full size WW1 British Victory medal to 16147 Lieutenant James William MacLachlan of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
James' details are not on the Auckland Cenotaph, and his details on Archway are extensive, but not well ordered.
He was a Sheep Farmer, prior to his service in WW1, listing his address of Havelock North (is a suburb of Hastings, New Zealand, in the North Island's Hawke's Bay district). He lists his Mother as next of kin, living in Napier, NZ. James was born in Scotland.
James started his services on the 7th of March 1916 as a driver, as part of the 14th NZ Army Service Corps Reinforcements.
He was promoted to Corporal on the 12th of April 1916 as part of the 14th NZ Army Service Corps Reinforcements.
He was promoted to Sergeant on the 10th of May 1916 as part of the 14th NZ Army Service Corps Reinforcements.
James was transferred to the 18th NZ Army Service Corps Reinforcements on the 30th of June 1916.
Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and attached to the 20th NZ Army Service Corps Reinforcements on the 20th of July 1916.
James was transferred to the 22nd NZ Army Service Corps Reinforcements on the 18th of Oct 1916.
He left NZ on the 17th of Feb 1917 for overseas service.
Marched into Sling Camp on the 3rd of May 1917, and attached to the Reserve Coy of the N.Z.A.S.C.
Proceeded overseas to France on the 18th of June 1917.
Attached to No. 1 Coy, N.Z.A.S.C in the field on the 20th of June 1917.
Attached to No. 3 Coy N.Z.A.S.C in the field on the 1st of Aug 1917.
Attached to Headquarters Coy, N.Z.A.S.C on the 9th of Aug 1917.
On leave to the UK on the 19th of Dec 1917.
Rejoined Headquarters Coy, N.Z.A.S.C ex leave on the 6th of Jan 1918.
Transferred to No. 2 Coy, Divisional Train on the 12th of May 1918.
Promoted to Lieutenant on the 12th of Aug 1918.
Transferred to No. 1 Coy, Divisional Train on the 26th of Sept 1918.
Transferred to UK for return to NZ Duty on the 17th of Nov 1918.
Attached to NZ Embarkation Camp Torquay on the 6th of Dec 1918.
Embarked for New Zealand on the 19th of Dec 1918.
James was discharged from the NZ Army, in New Zealand in March 1919. He was then transferred to the NZ Territorial Force and retired from the NZ Army on the 4th of June 1925.
James' medal is in good condition with a long length of original ribbon attached. He was also entitled to a British War Medal to go with this Victory, but sadly I do not know the where-a-bouts of it.
His WW1 service record is on-line here: