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Badge - Anzac Commemorative, Australia, Colonel J. Rex Hall, 1967 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 44480

Summary:
Anzac commemorative badge awarded to Col. J. Rex Hall, O.B.E.

Joseph Rex Hall was a 19 year old accountant when he enlisted on 18 August 1914 (just two weeks after war was declared by Britain). He had already served for 2 1/2 years in the military forces (28th Australian Army Medical Corps). His service number was 63, reflecting the early date of his enlistment. He served in the Light Horse and Camel Corps in the Middle East (with a period in Gallipoli), escaping injury although experiencing illness. He returned to Australia in July 1919.

Hall's involvement with the military continued, and in May 1921 he was a candidate for a commission in the 2nd Cavalry Division. He served again in World War II, enlisting 6 August 1942 at East Malvern (service number VX80978 (V24238)). He was discharged on 13 December 1946 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the 23/21 Australian Infantry Battalion.

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.
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 J.R. HALL.
Statement Of 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.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Returned Services League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1986
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Height), 22 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, commemorations, anzac day
Themes this item is part of: Colonel Joseph Rex Hall, Soldier (1894-?), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
DateEra: 1967 AD
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: 'J.R. HALL'
Inscriptions: Obverse: J.R. HALL
Reverse: ANZAC 1915
Shape: Round with crown at top
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Australia, 1967
Artist: Mr Raymond Ewers
Designer: Mr Eric Garrett - Department of the Army
Awarded To: Colonel Joseph Hall, Australia
Place: Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey

Place commemorated: 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.
References: National Archives series B2455/1, barcode 3007726, Hall Joseph Rex.
World War II Nominal Roll http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/script/veteran.asp?ServiceID=A&;VeteranID=485950, accessed 8/1/2010.
Information on corps and brigades in which Hall served from Australian War Memorial website, accessed 8/1/2010.

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