MESSENGER, Alfred Gordon

Display Number:  1402  
Name:  Messenger  Alfred Gordon
Rank:  Chief Motor Mechanic Service Number:  MB1854
Date Joined:  10th November 1916 Date Discharged:  22nd May 1919

Alfred Messenger was one of a group of motor mechanics who  were recruited in New Zealand. They were targeted to fill a shortage of trained technicians to operate the petrol engines of the small high speed boats then entering service in large numbers in the Royal Navy. His service was the duration of hostilities and he was enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.


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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • British War Medal - Recognises the successful conclusion of the First World War. Its coverage was later extended to recognise service until 1920, recognising mine clearing operations at sea, and participation in operations in North and South Russia, the eastern Baltic, Siberia, the Black Sea and the Caspian.
  • Victory Medal - Was issued to all those who had already qualified for the 1914 Star or the 1914-15 Star, and to most persons who had already qualified for the British War Medal. It was awarded to all New Zealand troops serving overseas, except for those who arrived in Samoa after 30 August 1914 and those serving in Great Britain only. It is also sometimes referred to as the "Allied War Medal", because the same basic design and double rainbow ribbon were adopted by 13 other allied nations.