SQMS Harry Alphonso Brown, Waikato Mounted Rifles
EM and 37 Coronation Group - Waikato MR
The group of four awarded to Harry Alphonso Brown, who was recognised with the King George VI Coronation Medal in 1937 for his excellent service.
Harry Alphonso Brown was born 21st April 1906 at Raglan, New Zealand. Son of Robert and Esther Ann Brown (née Galvan). He served initially with the 65th Company, Senior Cadets from 1920 before enlisting in the Waikato Mounted Rifles in June 1925. In 1937 Harry was recognised for his exemplary service by the award of the King George VI Coronation Medal. In November 1938 he applied for the Efficiency Medal, and this was granted per NZ Army Order 1939/27.
During the Second World War Harry served with the Waikato Mounted Rifles at Hamilton from August 1940 until being discharged in February 1941 for what appear to be medical reasons. Harry died at Te Mata on 3rd January 1952 aged 45. He is buried in Te Mata Catholic Church Cemetery.
The EM is correctly engraved S.Q.M.S., H.A. BROWN, WAIKATO M.R. The 1937 Coronation Medal has also been privately engraved S.Q.M.S., H.A. BROWN, WAIKATO M.R. The 1939/45 War Medal and NZ War Service Medal are unnamed as issued and are confirmed as having been claimed by Brown in June 1950. This lot comes with a five-page service file from NZDF Archives, Trentham.