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.
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
Department of Defence
PO Box 7952
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
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
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.
For New Zealand Soldiers' Medallions
For claiming the Anzac Commemorative Medallion
for a New Zealand soldier,
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:  527 5275) to:
|Personnel Archives / Enquiries
Trentham Camp, NZDF
Private Bag 905
Include the following information in your request:
Supply as many of the following details as possible
Full Given Names:
Any other names known by:
Date and place of birth:
Living or deceased:
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.
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