Medal N.Z. (Waikato Campaigns) G.R. Mc Donald
The New Zealand Medal was instituted in 1869. While it is British, the medal can be described as New Zealand's first indigenous campaign medal. It was awarded for service in the New Zealand Wars of 1845-47 and 1860-66. The Medal was awarded to members of the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and to colonial volunteers.
The veiled head of Queen Victoria is on the obverse of the medal. On the reverse of the medal is the date of the recipient's service in a wreath, with NEW ZEALAND around the top and VIRTUTIS HONOR (honour of valour) around the foot. The suspender of the medal is ornamented with New Zealand fern fronds.
The medal was unusual in having the recipient's dates of service die-struck on the centre of the reverse, though some medals were issued without dates.
The ribbon is blue with a central orange stripe.
No clasps or bars were issued for this medal.
- Source from NZ defence force website http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/category/h/h1.html on 29 June 2012
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