08 September 2012

WWI Sports Medallion

This must be the month for badges and medallions. Last month we returned a welcome home badge and yesterday I received a Sports Medallion awarded to LT Austin James O'Connor
Austin was a 24 year old Commercial Traveller from Melbourne who was appointed to 7th Battalion, AIF on 6 March 1916. He was taken on strength with the battalion in France just over a year later.
On Anzac Day 1917 the 1st Australian Division held a sports carnival and Austin won the hurdles race. For this win he received a silver medallion with the following engraved on the reverse:
Australian Division
Hurdle Race
won by
7th Bn

Austin was wounded in action on 20 September 1917 and died from these wounds four days later.
This medallion was sent to me by Brian P of South Perth who initially contacted the RSL National HQ and he was referred to me. The medallion is slightly bigger than a 10c piece and will be returned to Austin's niece.

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