Anzac Commemorative Medallion : S Diamond

Accession Number REL31230
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medallion
Physical description Bronze
Maker Ewers, Ray
Place made Australia
Date made 1967
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Bronze medallion struck by the Australian Government to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landing at Anzac. It was issued to surviving veterans or their next of kin. Obverse is surmounted by St Edward's crown and shows Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier, a wreath of gum leaves and a scroll bearing the word'ANZAC'. Reverse shows the Southern Cross constellation superimposed on a map of Australia and New Zealand beneath which is a wreath of fern fronds. Engraved on reverse scroll 'S DIAMOND'.

History / Summary

Born in England in 1893, Sidney Diamond, a piano tuner, enlisted with 6 Battalion AIF on 17 August 1914. As Private, 926, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions at the landing on Gallipoli in 1915 'For conspicuous gallantry and ability'. After service on Gallipoli Diamond was commissioned and subsequently served on the Western Front with 59 and 60 Battalions. Lieutenant Diamond was discharged from service in England on 18 February 1919.