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Medal - Anzac Commemorative Medallion, Australia, W. Kennedy, 1967 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 36503

Summary:
Anzac commemorative medallion awarded to W. Kennedy in 1967 to mark the 50th anniversary of Gallipoli.

These medals were issued by the Australian government in 1967 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. Designed by former war artist and Australian War Memorial sculptor Raymond Ewers, they were issued to surviving veterans or their next of kin. All members of the Australian Defence Force who served during the Gallipoli Campaign were entitled to receive the award.

The Gallipoli campaign lasted from April 25 1915 to January 8 1916. The award was made for service on the Gallipoli Peninsula and in support of the operations in an area off-shore eastward of a line drawn from Yukyeri Point (lat 39 50' 40'' N long 26 9' 45'' E) through a point in lat 39 53' N long 26 0' E thence to Cape Gremea (lat 40 35' N long 26 6' E). The award was also made available to members of philanthropic organisations and the Press who were accredited to the AIF, and to Australian members of the crews of merchant ships or hospital ships which operated in direct support within the defined area.
Description:
Based on a circular bronze medal but surmounted by the Queen's crown and supported above a wreath and scroll bearing the word ANZAC, the obverse features Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, with the date 1915 in the field above. The reverse shows a relief map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross around it, below, a wreath of fern fronds and a ribbon engraved with name of the recipient, 'W. KENNEDY.

These medals were issued by the Australian government in 1967 to commemorate the 1965 50th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. They were issued to surviving veterans or their next of kin.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimension Comment: Weight > 100 g.

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Tagged with: anzac day, commemorations, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Raymond (Ray) Boultwood Ewers (1917- 1988)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1967 AD
Obverse Description: Based on a circular bronze medal but surmounted by the Queen's crown and supported above a wreath and scroll bearing the word ANZAC, the obverse features Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man to left, with the date 1915 in the field above.
Reverse Description: A relief map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross around it, below, a wreath of fern fronds and a ribbon engraved with name of the recipient, 'W. KENNEDY.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: ANZAC 1915
Shape: Round with crown at top
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Australia, 1967

Issued to survivors and next of kin to commemorate 50th anniversary of landings on Gallipoli. This occured in 1965 but it took two years to get the medals awarded.
Artist: Mr. Raymond (Ray) Ewers, Australia, 1967
Awarded To: W. Kennedy, Australia
Place: Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, 1915

Place medal recepient served
References: Car. 1915/3
Australian War Memorial website http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/anzac/medallion/doc.htm. -D. Tout-Smith 21/10/2003.

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