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Do you have a relative who was entitled to the Anzac Commemorative Medallion?

Every Anzac soldier who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support of operations there - or his family if he did not survive until into the late 1960s - was entitled to be issued with the Anzac Commemorative Medallion.
(shown below).



The medallion was issued in 1967, and as a result

MANY HAVE NEVER BEEN CLAIMED.

If you are the descendant of an Anzac soldier, you MAY still be entitled to claim the medallion.

 

FOR AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS' MEDALLIONS

FOR NEW ZEALAND SOLDIERS' MEDALLIONS

 

For Australian Soldiers' Medallions

Contact the following:

NEW ADDRESS (Aug 2009) - Thanks, Karen.


Mailing address for all Medals applications
Directorate of Honours and Awards
T-4
Department of Defence
PO Box 7952
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610

Email www.defence.gov.au/medals
Website: http://www.defence.gov.au/medals

Toll-free Medals Inquiry Phone line:
1800 111 321 (Operating Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday)


Include as many details as possible regarding the soldier on whose behalf you wish to claim the medallion.
Full name, rank and unit, and service number
are generally required

If the medallion has not previously been issued, and if you qualify for issuance, you may proceed with the application and should receive the medallion.


I'm very grateful to Mr Charles La Nauze, of South Australia, for informing me that he applied for and received, in Feb 2000, the medallion for his grandfather, Captain C.A. La Nauze, of the 11th Battalion. Below is his message to me, reproduced here in order to give an idea to anyone applying of the process involved and the time it can take:

The medallion was sent by registered post and comes in a presentation case
with a moulded velvet base to receive the medallion, with a silk lined
hinged lid. In my opinion a very suitable presentation.

I received a post card acknowledgement of the application within a
few weeks which warned that there would be delays due to heavy work load.
I rang the medals section after about six months and was told the application
was received but not yet processed. I rang again several times and
eventually was told the medallion had been approved. A couple of months
later (January 2000) I received a formal letter advising that the medallion
was available to family members in an order of precedence. A form was
enclosed to claim the medallion in which I was required to state that I
believed I was the person entitled to the medallion and that I would
surrender the medallion if a preferential claimant came forward. This form
only required a signature witness.
The medallion arrived a few weeks after this form was sent. Acknowledgement
of receipt was requested (SAE enclosed).


Captain La Nauze was killed in action at Silt Spur, on the southern Anzac flank, Gallipoli, on 28th June 1915.
My thanks to Mr La Nauze for supplying me with the photo of his grandfather used in Captain La Nauze's record page.



DIGITAL COPIES OF SOLDIERS' DOSSIERS (Australia)

If you would like more information on the soldier, digitised individual's service dossiers are available from
National Archives. You will need to log in and then conduct a Search.


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For New Zealand Soldiers' Medallions

For claiming the Anzac Commemorative Medallion for a New Zealand soldier,
write to:

Staff Officer Medals,
New Zealand Defence Force,
Private Bag 905,
Upper Hutt, New Zealand.


Janet O'Melia, of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, very kindly supplied me with details on how her father claimed the medallion of his uncle, Private John Moreland of the Auckland Battalion,who was killed in action on Chunuk Bair, Anzac, on 8th August 1915. The medallion was received free of charge within a few weeks of her father proving his relationship to his uncle.

My thanks for updates on the procedure to my colleague John Meyers, and to Willie Walker, former RSM in the Artillery Corps, New Zealand Army, who saw service in Vietnam and who processes medal and medallion requests.


OBTAINING A COPY OF THE SOLDIER'S DOSSIER (New Zealand)

For a copy of a soldier's WW1 service dossier, contact the Personnel Archives of the New Zealand Defence Force (Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa). The cost for this service varies depending upon how much material must be photocopied, up to a maximum of $28.00 NZ.

All Requests Must Be In Writing (letter or fax: [04] 527 5275) to:

Personnel Archives / Enquiries & Medals
Trentham Camp, NZDF
Private Bag 905
UPPER HUTT
NEW ZEALAND

Include the following information in your request:

Enquirer's details:
Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms:
Name:
Address:
Phone number:

Soldier's Details:
Supply as many of the following details as possible

Surname:
Full Given Names:
Any other names known by:
Date and place of birth:
Living or deceased:
Service Number:
Rank:
Unit:
Period of service:
Next-of-kin at time of enlistment:
Address at time of enlistment:
Occupation at time of enlistment:

REMEMBER - This is to receive a copy of the soldier's service file - NOT the Medallion.



(More general information
concerning the Anzac medallion below)

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A little background reading...

Statement by the Prime Minister [of Australia],
the Rt. Hon. Harold Holt,
in the House of Representatives

16th March, 1967

Last March, the Minister for Defence announced that it had been decided by the Australian Government, in consultation with the New Zealand Government, to issue a medallion and lapel badge to the veterans of the Gallipoli Campaign.

I am glad to be able to announce that arrangements have now been completed for the production of the medallion and badge. The Minister for the Army will be arranging distribution to those wishing to receive them as soon as possible.

The Government hopes that production of the medallion and lapel badge will be sufficiently advanced to permit at least some of them to be distributed by Anzac Day.

The
medallion (with the name of the recipient inscribed) will be issued to surviving members of the Australian Defence Force who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support of the operations from close off-shore, at any time during the period from the first Anzac Day in April, 1915, to the date of final evacuation in January 1916. Next of kin or other entitled persons will be entitled to receive the medallion on behalf of their relatives, if their relative died on active service or has since died.

For surviving members, a lapel badge will also be available for wearing. This will be a replica of the obverse (or front) of the medallion and will be about 1" high and 2/3" wide, the same size as the R.S.L. badge.

The medallion is the work of Mr. Raymond Ewers, the well-known Australian artist, based on a suggestion by Mr. Eric Garret, a staff artist with the Department of Army. It has been endorsed by both the Government of New Zealand and ourselves. It will be approximately 3" high and 2" wide. The obverse of the medallion depicts Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier to safety. It will be bordered on the lower half by a laurel wreath above the word ANZAC. The reverse (the back) shows a map in relief of Australia and New Zealand superimposed by the Southern Cross. The lower half will be bordered by New Zealand fern leaves.

The medallion will be cast in bronze and the lapel badge will be a metal of bronze colour.


Please note that, while you may be able to claim the medallion, you will NOT be eligible for issuance of the lapel badge unless you are the soldier himself.




Note: The Anzac Commemorative medallion is also sometimes referred to as the Gallipoli medallion.

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