RANKEN (FLINT), Virginia Ranui

Display Number:  0704  
Name:  Ranken (Flint)  Virginia Ranui
Rank:  Wren Service Number:  560
Date Joined:  5th July 1944 Date Discharged:  12 March 1946

Virginia Flint joined the Women's Naval Service as a Provisional Wren in 1944. She served at HMS Tasman as a Steward (General), being promoted later that year to Wren. She later served at HMNZS Philomel before being discharged from the service in 1946.


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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • War Medal - Awarded across the British Commonwealth to all fulltime members of the Armed Force for 28 days service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945 irrespective of where they were serving. On one side is an effigy of King George VI. On the reverse is a lion trampling on a dragon symbolising the Axis powers. The ribbon is the red, white and blue of the (British) Union Flag.
  • New Zealand War Service Medal - Awarded for 28 days' full time service or six months' part time service in any of the New Zealand Armed Forces, the New Zealand National Military Reserve or the Home Guard between 3 September  1939 and 2 September 1945. Eligible part time Home Guard Personnel must have completed their six months' part time service between 16 August 1940 and 1 January 1944 (the Home Guard was disbanded in December 1943). It was the first distinctively 'New Zealand' war service medal, which was emphasised by the use of the fern leaf motif on the suspender and the reverse of the medallion, and the national colours of black and white on the ribbon.