Medal commemorating the Death of the First British Officer during World War I, Staff Paymaster Joseph T. Gedge, of the H.M.S. Amphion. He was killed in action on 6 August 1914.
To honor Staff Paymaster Joseph T. Gedge, the Royal Navy inaugurated a medal in his memory that was awarded annually to an accountant officer (rank of Lieutenant) who had passed his examinations with the highest marks.
Text; 'TO COMMEMORATE THE LOSS OF THE FIRST BRITISH OFFICER BY LAND OR SEA IN THE GREAT WAR STAFF-PAYMASTER JOSEPH T. GEDGE R.N. WHO WAS KILLED IN H.M.S. AMPHION 6TH. AUGUST 1914'; the artist's initials two Greek letters phi to right.
Ship with four funnels and a tall radio mast steaming to left; above, 'FOR PROFESSIONAL MERIT'; below, floating on ocean, a wreath.
Edge is stamped, 'SPECIMEN GILT'.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11/1/1978
Obverse; 'TO / COMMEMORATE / THE LOSS OF THE / FIRST BRITISH OFFICER / BY LAND OR SEA IN THE / GREAT WAR / STAFF-PAYMASTER / JOSEPH T. GEDGE R.N. / WHO WAS KILLED IN / H.M.S. AMPHION / 6TH. AUGUST / 1914'. Reverse; 'FOR PROFESSIONAL MERIT'. Edge; 'SPECIMEN GILT'.
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References: [Link 1] accessed June 2014