MCINTOSH, Robert

Display Number:  0903  
Name:  McIntosh  Robert
Rank:  Acting Petty Officer Temporary Service Number:  NZD651
Date Joined:  11th August 1924, rejoined 4th September 1939 Date Discharged:  27th July 1939, second time 27th November 1945

Robert McIntosh joined the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in 1924. He served afloat in the cruisers Diomede and Achilles, as well as the shore establishment Philomel, before taking his discharge in July 1939. Less than two months later, at the outbreak of the Second World War, he was back in the Navy serving largely ashore in the shore establishments Philomel and Tamaki, apart from time in the armed merchant cruiser Monowai.

 

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Medal Description (Left to Right (Going Across, Top row)):  
  • 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).
  • Royal Fleet Reserve Long Sevice and Good Conduct Medal - Similar to the Royal Naval Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal but with ring suspension, rather than bar suspension. Awarded for 15 years in the Royal Fleet Reserve. 

Note: The bottom row shown are sports badges awarded to Robert McIntosh for both rugby and football.