Anzac Commemorative Medal : F P Clune

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL25132
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medallion
Place made Australia
Date made c 1966-1967
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 shows Simpson and his donkey, a laurel wreath and 'ANZAC'. Reverse shows the Southern Cross superimposed on a map of Australasia and fern fronds. Engraved reverse 'F.P. CLUNE'.

History / 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.