Friday, August 20, 2010


WW2 Mentioned-in-Despatches medal group of 
Martha Denman Grigg (b.3/10/1911):
New Zealand Women's War Service Auxiliary.

1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal,
KGVI War Medal with M.I.D. Oak leaf & New Zealand War Service Medal

Engagement to Major Routledge, Royal Artillery
anounced April 22, 1943

Married on 5 June 1943
All Saints Cathedral, Cairo
Photograph taken by Harold Gear Paton.
(Negative held by the archival collection, Alexander Turnbull Library)

Inscription on the back of the photo:
June 5th 1943
L to R:  Norman, Me, John Nelson & Edna Vernon.
In the background:  Cpl. S???????
Liet.Col ???? who gave me away & Margaret King.
All Saints Cathedral - Cairo

Brigadier Norman Walter Routledge OBE TD was awarded 
the Alfred Burne Memorial Award in 1993. 
(Awarded for his definitive publications on Artillery/Air Defence)
(Naming on the edge)

Martha Grigg Mentioned in Despatches
24 June 1943

Coincidently Martha had the same surname as
Sir James Grigg, Secretary of State for War,
signatory of the Mentioned in Despatch certificate.

The letter which accompanied the MID certificate.
Addressed to Martha Grigg's parents.
28 March 1944 - Blenheim, New Zealand.

Some of Martha Grigg's personal WW2 insignia:
Dog tags, embroidered shoulder titles, cap badge & collar badges & Red Cross patch.