ANZAC Day 1918 Commemorative MedaIs

The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was a First World War army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force that was formed in Egypt in 1915 and operated during the Battle of Gallipoli. Later ANZAC formations operated in France and Palestine.

The Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade played a decisive role in the Battle of Beersheba (October 31, 1917), by a surprise charge which covered some 6 kilometers to overrun and capture the last remaining Ottoman trenches.


Here we show an Australian medal issued by the Victorian Education Department (EVD), to school children to commemorate ANZAC Day, 25 April, in 1918. The medal was sold on behalf of the Australian branch of the British Red Cross Society. It was made by Stokes and Sons, Melbourne, in a variety of metals including bronze, silvered bronze, silver, and gold. The diameter of the medal is 28 mm.

On the front of the medal appears a bust of a uniformed soldier wearing hat facing left; around, HONOR TO THE A.I.F. below in small letters the mint initials, S&S.  The initials HH refer to Harry Harvey, an art assistant at the EVD who designed the bust.

The reverse of the medal Incuse on scroll which rests on olive branch, GALLIPOLI / FRANCE / PALESTINE; above EVD ; below, ANZAC DAY 1918

Another version, the reverse mentions the battle scenes Egypt, Gallipoli, France, Salonika, Palestine and Mesopotamia: