Summary

Gold medallion fob presented to Coy. Sgt. Mjr. William Edward Green by the residents of Marong to commemorate his safe return from service in World War I on 16 April 1919.

Such fobs normally had the name of the town or district issuing the piece to those returning after the war.

Corporal William Edward Green, service number 12, served in the 1st Light Horse Brigade during World War I.

Green was born in Marong, near Bendigo, Victoria. He was a clerk when he enlisted on 18 August 1914, aged 21 years and 1 month. In May 1915 Green was serving in Gallipoli. He suffered from diarrhoea and was hospitalised in Alexandria before rejoining his unit in Gallipoli in November 1915. Corporal Green was in Egypt 1916-18 before being promoted to Staff Sargeant in March 1916. He was again promoted to Warrant Officer Class 2 in May 1918. Green was also involved with the Postal corps and Anzac Mounted Division HQ. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and was mentioned in dispatches by General Sir A. Murray in 28 June 1917 (published in Gazette 30391, London 20 Nov 1917) for work in Australian Headquarters. Warrant Officer Green was discharged on 2 May 1919.

Physical Description

A shield shaped gold badge bearing a soldier standing with his rifle supported on either side by a kangaroo and emu. Below are two branches of wattle, above, a boomarang with loop through which a piece of red, white and blue ribbon is threaded. The reverse is hallmarked and has the engraved inscription: "Presented by. MARONG RESIDENTS TO COY. SGT. MJR . W.E.J. GREEN on his return from the Great War 16/4/19"

Obverse Description

Shield shaped gold badge with kangaroo and emu supporters; below two branches of wattle; above, a boomarang with loop through which a piece of red, white and blue ribbon.

Reverse Description

Hallmarked with engraved inscription: 'Presented by. MARONG RESIDENTS TO COY. SGT. MJR . W.E.J. GREEN on his return from the Great War 16/4/19'.

Edge Description

Plain.

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