Anzac Medallion, C T Hawes; 1967; 27.90d
Anzac Medallion, C T HawesAbout this object
This Anzac medallion was issued to Cecil Thomas William Hawes [1897-1987] to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Australian landing at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.
The commemorative medallion was an initiative of Harold Holt’s Australian Government in 1967 to be issued to surviving veterans of World War I or their next of kin. The bronze medallion was designed by Australian sculptor Raymond Ewers. It depicts Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man on the front and a map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross superimposed on the reserve side. Each medallion was engraved with the recipients name on the reverse.
Whilst many commemorative medallions were produced, most have remained in family collections.
Cecil Hawes (S/n 2382) enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) at Liverpool in June 1915 at the age of 18 years and 4 months as a member of the 7th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion. He departed Australia in July 1915 and served in the Middle East, France and England.
He received a gun shot wound which penetrated his chest in September 1918 and returned to Australia in February 1919. He was medically discharged in April 1919 and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals in recognition of his war service.
Cecil Hawes became a staunch and active member of the Returned and Services League (RSL) for more than 60 years, leading a team of over 100 volunteers who visited ex-servicemen in Concord Repatriation and other hospitals across Sydney. He was made a life member of the RSL for his outstanding service to the organisation. He lived the final years of his life at Port Macquarie.
BronzeInscription and Marks
Reverse engraved ' C HAWES'Measurements
75mmH, 50mmWSubject and Association Keywords
Donor: Y MantObject Type
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