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GRIGG, Edwin Arthur Leonard
Edwin ‘Len’ Grigg volunteered for service in the Royal Navy during the First World War. He departed New Zealand for the United Kingdom in 1916. Grigg was posted to HMS Hermione, a depot ship for Motor Launches as a Motor Mechanic. He spent his entire posting with Hermione as a boat builder. Grigg worked on many boats that were damaged by action in and around the English channel. He was demobilised in 1919 and returned to New Zealand.
The British War Medal
The British War Medal was instituted in 1919 to recognise the successful conclusion of the First World War (1914-1918). 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 Sea.