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Set of three miniature medals owned by Len Uren


Set of three miniature medals owned by Len Uren

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Physical description

Three medals that are bronze, silver and gold. Each medal is attached to a single bar pin by a coloured, striped ribbon. The bronze medal is diamond in shape with a raised crown, two crossed swords and a wreath with '1914-15' in the centre. The silver medal has an embossed portrait of King George surrounded by text. The text reads 'GEORGIVS V BRITT[?]N REX N REX ET IND : IMP :' The reverse side depicts a man on a horse with '1914' and '1918' on either side of it. The gold medal has a figure with wings and the text reads 'THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914 - 1919'. There is also a wreath surrounding the text.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises a number of objects belonging to Leonard Sydney Uren (1894-1984), a member of the First Australian Imperial Force during World War 1, and later a well-respected dentist based in Penrith, NSW between the 1920s and 1970s. The collection includes personal correspondence, photographs, ephemera and memorabilia relating to the professional and personal aspects of Uren's wartime service, and lends insight into the acquisition of skills which would support his later career. All objects in this collection survive in a good state of conservation.

The 'Len Uren collection' allows for an exploration of the experiences of Australian servicemen during the 1915 Gallipoli landings and on the Western Front during World War 1. This collection illustrates the personal tragedies of war, as well as the professional opportunities offered by the AIF which shaped the lives of ex-servicemen. This collection offers access into the social and labour history of World War 1, and the transformation of professional dentistry in Australia during the early to mid twentieth-century.

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