A tribute to my Grandfather on ANZAC Day.  Very briefly, my grandfather was an original ANZAC landing in Gallipoli in 1915.  He survived and was awarded a Military Medal.  He finally returned home, married and raised his family.  He wouldn’t talk about his experiences and I don’t ever remember him watching a war movie.  It must have been so, so horrible.  We found out after he died how brave he had been.  I’m very proud of him.  Below is some information about one of the medals he was awarded and the badge he wore.

The History of ANZAC badge “A”

anzacIn November 1917, AIF orders authorised the wearing of a small badge in the form of the letter “A” on unit colour patches to denote that the wearer had taken part in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign. It was later prescribed that the badge would be a brass letter three-quarters inch high. A further order, in January 1918 extended the eligibility to service “on the islands of Lemnos, Imbros, and Tenedos, on the transports or hospital ships at or off Gallipoli or these islands or in the AIF line of communications units from Egypt”. It is interesting to note that this final addition embraced the work of the Australian Army Nursing Service so that both men and women were acknowledged as “the ANZACs”.

anz Military Medal  

The British Government issued a medal for gallantry, available to all Commonwealth Troops. The Military Medal was issued to soldiers of the Commonwealth who displayed a degree of bravery which was worthy of an award. This medal was instituted in 1916, March. It was the medal to be the equivalent of the Officer’s medal, the Military Cross.