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REL25131.008
ID number REL25131.008
Title Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal (replica) : F P Clune
Collection Heraldry
Object type Medal
Maker Unknown
Date made Unknown
Physical description Metal

Description

Replica Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal. Unnamed as issued, but marked 'COPY' on edge.


Summary

Francis Patrick Clune was born in Sydney in 1893. He left school at the age of 14, and held a wide variety of jobs before joining the US Army in 1911. After deserting from this force, he found employment as a merchant seaman, but enlisted in the AIF on 12 May 1915. As number 2460 he joined the 7th Reinforcements to 16 Battalion, arriving on Gallipoli on 2 August 1915. After only five days with his unit, he was wounded by shrapnel in both legs on 7 August, and evacuated to Egypt. Owing to the seriousness of his wounds, he was returned to Australia and discharged in Sydney on 29 March 1916. Between the wars, and despite his minimal education, he developed a successful career as a writer. During the Second World War, Clune was appointed an Australian Comforts Fund representative, with officer's status (his rank of Major was apparently 'self-conferred') attached to the AIF overseas. He embarked for the Middle East on 5 January 1942, returning to Australia in May of the same year. On 1 January 1967, he was appointed an Officer (Civil Division) of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for Services to Literature. Author of more than fifty highly successful books, Frank Clune died in Sydney in March 1971.