Name/TitleMedal: Victory Medal, WWI medal awarded to LP Cave
About this objectVictory Medal awarded to Gunner, Leonard Philip Cave, of the New Zealand Field Artillery 7th Reinforcements. It is engraved with 2/2091; Gnr L P Cave; NZEF along the edge.
About the medal:
The Victory Medal was issued to everyone who qualified for the 1914 Star or the 1914-15 Star, and to most of those who qualified for the British War Medal (which Leonard Cave also received). It featured a distinctive 'double rainbow' ribbon, which is missing from this example.
About LP Cave:
In the years before WWI, cricket in Wanganui was dominated by the Cave family; five brothers who all shared a passion for cricket and farming. When Taranaki and Wanganui combined to take on the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1900, Leonard, Ken and Henry took to the field while Wilfred and Arthur stood as umpires. Ken would go on to umpire New Zealand’s first Test in 1930, while Henry would see his son, Harry, represent New Zealand.
In 1915, Leonard left the farm he was working with Harry and joined the 7th Reinforcements of the New Zealand Field Artillery. Embarking from Wellington in October 1915, Leonard’s service saw him stationed at the Somme in 1916 where he was wounded, forcing a stay in a London Hospital for several months. In 1917 he returned to action where, by October, he was stationed in Belgium. On October 18 1917, Leonard Philip Cave was killed during a German air raid.
Read more about Leonard & his nephew Harry here.
Medium and MaterialsYellow bronze
Inscription and MarksEngraved along the edge with 2/2091; Gnr L P Cave; NZEF.
Measurements36mm (W) x 50mm (H)
CollectionNew Zealand Cricket Museum Collection
Credit LineNew Zealand Cricket Museum, nzcricketmuseum.co.nz