Summary

Anzac commemorative lapel badge awarded to Pte. R.M. Collins in 1967.

In March 1967 the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Harold Holt, announced that a commemorative medallion and badge was to 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.

Physical Description

A circular bronze centre with crown at top and wreath and plaque at base. The obverse features Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier to safety; in the field above, 1915; the wreath below is laurel and the plaque carries the word, ANZAC. The reverse has a lapel badge attachment and is engraved R.M. COLLINS.

Obverse Description

Bronze with crown at top and wreath and plaque at base. At centre, Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier to safety; in the field above, '1915'; the wreath below is laurel and the plaque carries the word, 'ANZAC'.

Reverse Description

'R.M. COLLINS'.

Significance

A commemorative medallion and badge was to 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. The medal could be claimed by surviving family but the badge could only be claimed by a person who served in the Gallipoli campaign.

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