ANZAC Commemoration Medallion; 1967; 2003_355_1-3


ANZAC Commemoration Medallion

About this object

1915 Gallipoli commemoration medallion. With case lined with purple velvet and certificate. This belonged to 13/178 Tpr. Thomas Davies Smellie Donaldson of the 11th North Auckland Mounted Rifles. Thomas took part in the landing at Gallipoli in 1915. He was a sniper in his company. It is said that on one occasion he was perched in a tree above the New Zealand lines for two days and one night before locating and cancelling out a sniper who was taking a heavy toll of New Zealand Soldiers. The ANZAC Commemoration Medallion also known as the Gallipoli Medallion was issued in 1967 for Australian and New Zealand soldiers who participated in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. The front is round with a crown at top and gum leaves below with ANZAC written underneath on the reverse the gum leaves are replaced with ferns for NZ. An image in the front is of the famous Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier. On the reverse is a map if NZ and Australia with the Southern Cross.

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New Zealand

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7.6cm length x 5cm width

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ANZAC Commemoration Medallion

Credit Line

The Family of Thomas Donaldson

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