Anzac Medallion : George Fullard Hamilton

Accession Number REL/18440
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medallion
Physical description Bronze
Maker Ewers, Raymond Boultwood
Place made Australia
Date made c 1967
Conflict Period 1960-1969

Circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. Obverse shows Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. Reverse shows a map of Australia and New Zealand, the Southern Cross, fern fronds and the engraved name of the recipient 'G. F. HAMILTON'.

History / Summary

Associated with the service of 108 Lance Corporal George Fullard Hamilton, born in Cambewarra, NSW in 1891. Hamilton, a 22 year old electrical mechanic, enlisted as a private with A Company, 1 Battalion on 17 August 1914 and embarked from Sydney on 18 October aboard HMAT Afric. After three months training in Egypt, Hamilton was promoted to lance corporal and proceeded to Gallipoli where his battalion took part in the second and third waves of the ANZAC landings on 25 April. In the fighting that follow the landing he received a gun shot wound to his right thigh and was evacuated to a hospital in Egypt, rejoining his battalion at Gallipoli on 21 May. Hamilton was killed in the early hours of the morning of 5 June while taking part in an attack launched from Steele’s Post on German Officers’ Trench. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Turkey.