Anzac Medallion Lapel Badge, C T Hawes; 1967; 27.90e
Anzac Medallion Lapel Badge, C T HawesAbout this object
Circular bronze lapel badge surmounted by the Queen's crown. It shows Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. The reverse is engraved ' C. HAWES' and has a double split pin lug fitting.
Together with an Anzac Medallion (Refer 27.90d), this lapel badge 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 and associated lapel badge 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 and badge were engraved with the recipients name on the reverse.
Whilst many commemorative medallions and lapel badges were produced, most have remained in family collections.
Cecil Hawes (Service Number 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
35mm L, 21mm WSubject and Association Keywords
Donor: Y MantObject Type
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