Cross, War Merit

An Italian War Merit Cross (Croce al Merito di Guerra) . The bronze cross features a Royal cypher " VE III " under a crown / MERITO DI GVERRA " is marked on the horizontal arms. A sword fringed with oak leaves features on the bottom arm. The reverse features a five pointed star on a background of rays. A large suspension ring attaches a striped blue and white ribbon to the cross.
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This medal was donated to Taranaki Museum as part of a large collection made by prominent south Taranaki lawyer John Houston.
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