Summary

Australia
The Defence Medal 1939 - 45

Awarded to Albert Bartholomew, service no. 10943. Born in 1901 in Sea Lake, Victoria, he served in the Royal Australian Air Force 12 Jul 1940 until 26 Oct 1945, attaining the rank of Warrant Officer at the time of his discharge.

From a box containing three World War II medals, each stamped '10943 A. Bartholomew': Defence medal, 1939-45 War medal and Australia Service medal.

Physical Description

A cupro-nickel medal with mount and ribbon. The obverse features a bare head of King George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: (Translation - George VI by the Grace of God King of all the British, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); the artist's initials H.P. (T.H. Paget) in the field below the neck. The reverse depicts a Royal Crown above a small oak tree growing on land surrounded by water, with two lions as supporters; around, 1939 1945; in exergue, THE DEFENCE MEDAL; the artist's monogram HWP (H. Wilson Parker) among the roots of the tree. The edge is impressed: 10943 A. BARTHOLOMEW

Obverse Description

Bare head of King George VI facing left; around, 'GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP': (Translation - George VI by the Grace of God King of all the British, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); the artist's initials 'H.P.' (T.H. Paget) in the field below the neck.

Reverse Description

A Royal Crown above a small oak tree which growing on land surrounded by water, with two lions as supporters; around, 1939 1945; in exergue, THE DEFENCE MEDAL; the artist's monogram HWP (H. Wilson Parker) among the roots of the tree.

Edge Description

10943 A. BARTHOLOMEW

Significance

Awarded to: 10943 A. BARTHOLOMEW

Awarded to members of the armed forces serving for:
six months in specified non-operational areas subjected to enemy air attack or closely threatened
six months at any time between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945 in the Northern Territory north of 14° 30' South and the Torres Strait Islands.
twelve months non-specified non-operational service overseas from or outside Australia
three months within the period stated Mine and Bomb Disposal units employed in areas subjected to enemy air attack or closely threatened.

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