A new organisation called the Saluting Monash Council was launched nationally in the Auditorium of the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne on Sunday, 6 November 2016. Chair, The Hon Tim Fischer AC and Patron, Professor Roland Perry OAM F Monash as well as other VIPs will attend the launch.
The purpose of the Saluting Monash Council (SMC) is to have acknowledged the military contribution of General Sir John Monash GCMG KCB VD by posthumously awarding him the rank of Field Marshal by 11 November 2018, the centenary of the end of WWI.
New medallions have been struck to assist financing the campaign and to remember the brilliance of General Sir John Monash. As a brand new organisation, SMC has had no financial assistance and your help is needed. The executive and board of SMC are all volunteers giving their time freely.
The medallions come with a neck ribbon so the medallion and war bar(s) can be worn on appropriate occasions. The reverse side has a space to engrave your message, if desired.
Surround - brown represents the mud of the western front
Ribbon - khaki of the soldiers’ uniforms of WWI
Eligibility: Descendants of WWI veterans and/or people who would like to support the posthumous promotion of Monash to Field Marshal.
On the success of the campaign, you will know that you have helped make Australian history. Wearing the medallion will be a positive indication of your support.
The diagram below shows the medallion with the war bar "Western Front" attached.
Medallions are available for $52.50 and war bars $28.50 incl GST, postage and handling. If the medallion and bar are purchased together, the cost is reduced to $81.00, a saving of $11.00.
Medallions and bars will be presented when possible with the first presented at the national launch on Sunday, 6 November 2016.
During the major battles of the Western Front, General Monash commanded all troops in the Australian Corps together with Canadians. The medallion and war bar/s should be worn together to acknowledge Monash’s leadership. It was on the Western Front that General Monash excelled thereby saving thousands of lives enabling Australian families to welcome the return of many more soldiers.
British Generals considered the war would drag on to 1919 with Minister Churchill estimating to it continue to 1920. Monash’s strategic wins rattled German military leaders. Monash was told to stop advancing, however he continued with his strategies and by doing so, saved thousands more lives not to mention millions of dollars.
CLICK HERE to follow the progress of the Monash for Field Marshal campaign.
Reserve Forces Day Council Boer War Commemorative Medallion
A suitable medallion has been struck to allow descendants and supporters to honour those who served in this all-but forgotten conflict 100 years ago. The Reserve Forces Day Council recognises it was a War fought in the main by Reservists. Permanent forces were small in number with only a Permanent Force Artillery unit and a number of staff officers and soldiers serving in the war.
The Reserve Forces Day Council’s objective is to "Raise the profile of the Reserve Forces and to thank serving and former members for their service, and their families and employers for their essential support."
This medallion has been struck for descendants and in memory of those Soldiers who fought in the War.
The "In Memory" medallion is oval 50mm high by 40 mm wide and bears the inscription "BOER WAR 1899-1902" bordering the face within a colour infill and a clear cover of epoxy. The central image is of an Australian soldier in a uniform of the era. The attractive medallion is 'gold', appearing as surrounds for the inscription. The neck ribbon is in the colours of the Queen’s official service medal, all enclosed in a presentation pouch. A space on the reverse side of the Medallion provides for a personal message to be engraved at a later time. An example is "Presented to Leslie Perrett Descendant of Tpr Frederick Avard, NSW Lancers who died in combat 10 October 1900". The Medallion may be worn at memorial ceremonies and will become a family keepsake. It does not matter on which side your ancestor fought, or if the soldier fought in a unit from elsewhere in the then Empire. The Medallion marks an Australian connection, and shows your support for your ancestor's achievement.
Battlefield History Tours can organise for your medallion/s to be presented in Pretoria should you be a guest on their next tour CLICK HERE for details.
To purchase your medallion simply activate the button to download the appropriate form below, print it, fill it out and post with an Australian cheque or money order to the Reserve Forces Day project officer at the address indicated on the form.
Reserve Forces Day Council Inc|
RECOGNISING THE VALUE OF RESERVE SERVICE TO THE NATION ON JULY 1
Patron in Chief His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
National Chairman the Honourable Tim Fischer AC
National Executive Officer and NSW Chairman Lieutenant Colonel John Moore OAM RFD ED Retd
Telephone: +61 (0)2 9983 9387 Facsimile: +61 (0)2 9988 0809 Mobile: +61 (0)403 160 750
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