SPARKE, Kennedy Newton

Display Number:  1009  
Name:  Sparke  K W
Rank:  Chief Petty Officer Service Number:  W/3063
Date Joined:  19th June 1928 (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) Date Discharged:  15th June 1945 (Royal New Zealand Navy)

Kennedy Sparke joined the Wellington Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1928. He went to sea occasionally in ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy. He was mobilised on the outbreak of the Second World War, spending the majority of his time in HMNZS Philomel at Devonport. He was demobilised in mid 1945.


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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • British Empire Medal - This medal, officially known as the Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service, was awarded for meritorious service by both civil and military personnel although for some years it was issued as a third grade bravery award.. The Order is split into two divisions: Civil division for civilian recipients; and a military division for distinguished service in action. The insignia of the award from both divisions is identical, distinguished only by their ribbons. The rose-gray ribbon with narrow pearl grey stripes shows it was awarded from 1936 onward under the military division of the award. 
  • 1939-1945 Star - Recognises service in the Second World War. It was usually awarded for six months service in special operational areas. Those whose service was shortened by death, injury or capture or who were awarded a decoration or mentioned in despatches also qualified for the medal. Those who served a day or more in specified battles or invasions also qualified for this award. The ribbon has three equal vertical stripes of dark blue (symbolising Navy and Merchant Navy), red (symbolising Army) and light blue (representing Air Force).
  • Pacific Star - The Pacific Star was awarded for operational service in the Pacific between 8 December 1941 and 2 September 1945.It was also awarded for certain specified service in China and Malaya (8 December 1941 - 15 February 1942), Hong Kong (8 December 1941 - 25 December 1941) and Sumatra (8 December 1941- 23 March 1942). The Green stripes on the ribbon symbolise the jungle while the central yellow stripe symbolises the beach. The outer red stripes symbolise the Army while the dark blue stripe symbolises the Navy and Merchant Navy and the light blue stripe symbolises the Air Force.
  • 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.
  • The Silver Jubilee Medal 1935 - This silver medal was issued to celebrate the silver jubilee of King George V (1911 - 1935).
  • The Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Clasp) - Awarded to ratings in the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve for fifteen years continuous service at least twelve of which must be efficient. Clasps are awarded for additional periods of ten years service at least seven of which must be efficient.