Medal, New Zealand War Service

A New Zealand War Service Medal. The cupro-nickel medal features a portrait of King George VI on the obverse." GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR OMN:REX FD :IND:IMP " is embossed around the outside. " FOR / SERVICE TO / NEW ZEALAND /1939-1945 " is embossed on the reverse of the medal which also features a fern leaf.Two fern leaves act as the suspender for the medal. The black ribbon has thin white stripes on the edge. " MAJOR J HOUSTON N.Z.T.S. 818189. " is inscribed on the edge of the medal which is mounted on a long metal bar in a group of five.
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This medal was awarded to John Houston for his service in the New Zealand Temporary Service during World War II. The prominent south Taranaki lawyer had served in the medical corps during World War I. His service medals were donated to Taranaki Museum along with his large collection of other military medals.
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