Archive for Solomon Islands

A Group to a New Zealand Pacific Casualty

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , , , on June 3, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThis is a wonderful New Zealand 3rd Division group to a courageous young man, sadly KIA endeavouring to save others under terrible conditions. 2nd Lieutenant Colin David Griffiths was a 24 year old ex-shop assistant from Timaru, New Zealand who was killed in action at Vella Lavella in the Solomon Islands on the 2nd of October 1943.

He lost his life during a third attempt at rescuing a cut-off patrol from the Japanese. Swimming a line ashore to the party, consisting of a number of wounded, sharks had to be held off by tommy-gun fire. Griffiths was killed in the water, along with almost everyone else in the rescue party, by heavy Japanese small arms fire. To be clear here, this was Griffiths third attempt and the second that day to reach the beach.

Colin David Griffiths

Colin David Griffiths


Colin’s grave marker at Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia


1978 Solomon Islands Independence Medal

Posted in Commonwealth Independence Medals with tags , , on May 10, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_Solomon_IslandsThe Solomon Islands were granted their independence in 1978. This is their Independence Medal. It’s also one of the Commonwealth Independence medals that I obsess on.

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Unofficial Solomon Islands Anniversary Medal

Posted in 1939-1945 Jubilee Medals with tags , , on May 8, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_Solomon_IslandsThe obverse shows the coat of arms for the Solomon islands and ‘SOLOMON ISLANDS’ around the edge. The reverse shows a map of the Guadalcanal and a US Marine with Marine Corps badge and the words ’50TH ANNIVERSARY GUADALCANAL LANDINGS 7TH AUGUST 1992′. Unnamed as issued.

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