Medallion, Commemorative

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A commemorative medallion awarded to Edward Cain from the people of Te Kiri. The medallion has four double triangle designs, linked by a band designed to look like leaves. Each double triangle has engraved floral patterns within it. There is a small circular panel in the centre of the medallion with the letters " E.C. " in cursive script. On the reverse of the medallion are the words " FROM / TE KIRI / FOR SERVICE IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1918 ".
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This medallion was gifted to Edward Cain, who served as a rifleman in World War One. Edward was English and moved to Te Kiri, South Taranaki, where he worked as the storekeeper. He enlisted in 1916 but was discharged in 1917 as being too old for service (he was 40 when he was discharged). When he returned to New Zealand he moved to Havelock North and sold fruit, but clearly made an impression in Te Kiri as the community presented him with this commemorative medal for his service in 1918.
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