Circular cupro-nickel medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the crowned head of King George VI facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR. OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP:’ (George VI by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, Emperor of India), signed ‘PM’; the reverse with a triumphant lion standing on a prostrate dragon, dated ‘1939 1945’ above right, signed ‘E.C.R.P.’; attributed on the edge to ‘P.A. 4887. P. J. CULLINAN’; on original ribbon.
The Medal was instituted in 1945 and was awarded to all full-time members of the armed forces who had served at least 28 days between the outbreak of war (3 September 1939) and V.J. Day (2 September 1945).
Able Seaman Peter John Cullinan was born at Quorn, South Australia on 30 January 1926. He enlisted at Hilton, South Australia on 2 October 1944 and was discharged on 19 August 1946 at which time he was serving on HMAS Cerberus at Port Adelaide.
Sold with a copy of his Australian Government, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, World War Two Service Certificate.