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These medals belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Frederick Batchelar of Fitzherbert, near Palmerston North. Arthur Batchelar served in the first Contingent in the Boer War and in the first Contingent in World War One, both times as part of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles.  

These medals reflect Arthur Batchelar's long voluntary military career, from 1899 aged 21 to his retirement in 1927 aged 50.

Nine medals commemorating military service, framed in a black wooden frame. The three rows of medals comprise: 

  • Row One: ANZAC medallion with campaign ribbons on bar 
  • Row Two: Boer War Campaign medal with Diamond Hill, Johannesburg, Orange Free State, Relief of Kimberley on bar. On the edge of the medal is "67 Pte A.F. Batchelar N. Z'land M.R.". 1914-15 Star Medal from World War One with Lt Col A.F. Batchelar on rim. British War Medal from World War One. Victory Medal from World War One with "11/13 Lt Col A.F. Batchelar, N.Z.E.F." on edge. Long and Efficient Service Medal with "Lieut (Temp Major) A.F. Batchelar 6th Manawatu M.R. 1917" on the rim. 12 Years Service Medal, New Zealand Volunteers with "A.F. Batchelar Manawatu Mtd Rifles, 1910" on it. 
  • Row Three: Order of the Nile, 3rd Class medal from World War One.

 Boer War Medal: for service as a Private with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 1st Contingent, October 1899 until February,

1901  12 Years Service Medal: for volunteer military service since March 1899, awarded in 1910

 1914-15 Star Medal: awarded for serving overseas from 1914, including at Gallipoli British War Medal Victory Medal

 The British War medal and Victory medal were awarded to all British and colonials who served in World War I. Together with the 1914-15 Star they are jokingly known as 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred'  

Anzac Medallion: this was instituted in 1967 for Australian and New Zealand personnel who fought in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. It would have been applied for after Arthur's death aged 86 in 1964, probably by his widow, Cordelia Batchelar.  

Long and Efficient Service Medal: awarded in May 1917 for his years as a volunteer soldier  Order of the Nile,

3rd Class: this medal was established in 1915 by Sultan Husayn Kamil to reward persons, civilian or military, who had rendered useful service to Egypt. Arthur's military records show he was awarded this medal in January 1920 together with Charles Guy Powles, also of the NZ Mounted Rifles. A further three New Zealand officers were awarded the Order of the Nile, 4th Class at the same time.

Other than a month's furlough in New Zealand in October 1917, Arthur spent the remainder of World War I post-Gallipoli in Egypt as part of the Egypt Expeditionary Force. This award is presumably for commanding the Mounted Rifles in their campaigns against the Ottoman Empire in the Sinai and Palestine. Arthur was finally discharged from military service in September 1919.       

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