Medal, War 1939-45

A Canadian issue War Medal 1939-45. The medal features a crowned left facing portrait of King George VI on the obverse with "GEORGE IVS VI D:G: BR OMN:REX ET :INDIAE:IMP" marked around the outside. The reverse features a lion trampling a dragon. "1939/ 1945 " is marked above the lion's tail. The ribbon features red white and blue vertical stripes and is mounted on cardboard. The medal is mounted with the reverse side showing.
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This medal was awarded to James Edward Prestidge. who was born in Matapū and schooled at Matapu Primary. During World War II he served as a private in the 14th Brigade Defence and Employment platoon, 14th Brigade Medium Machine Coy., 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force and served in the Pacific. James died on 24/07/2007 and is buried in the RSA section of the Eltham cemetery:  Record number 22151.
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