April 23, 2012


Each 25th of April it is ANZAC day here in Australia - where the citizens of Australia and New Zealand stop and remember those that have fought for us in the wars; and those that will never return.

The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzac's [wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day]

And each year I like to give my Blog readers a chance to win one of the limited edition ANZAC pins/memorabilia that are issued each year.

This year it will be a double prize (pin AND Key chain)
The key-chain shows Simpson and his Donkey* (1915 - WWI) and the lapel pin commemorates the Bomber crew of the downed Lancaster Bomber "Stella Bowen" - lost 28th April 1944 (WWII)

The Reverse of the key-chain:-
Close up of the Lapel pin (sorry... a bit blurry)

Contest rules - you need to make a comment in this blog saying you would like to be in the draw.  On  the 1st of May I will write every one's names on a strip of paper and have a friend draw one from a hat.

Entrants can be ANYWHERE in the world (Downrange, Australia, New Zealand, USA etc) - the winner will be announced on my Blog and they will be required to supply me with their mail address. They will have 1 week to contact me (by the 7th of May) or a redraw will occur.

So Please! SHARE THE LINK with all your friends that might want a bit of Australian ANZAC history of their very own
Simpson and his donkey* The story of the soldier who rescued wounded men on Gallipoli (World War 1) with a donkey has been told to successive generations of schoolchildren. Simpson's actions are regarded as the highest expression of mateship, and he remains one of Australia's best known historical figures. 
Private Simpson found himself at ANZAC Cove on 25 April 1915, and was killed less than four weeks later.

And for my Adopted Soldiers downrange - I have one each of the below Slouch hat pin that I will post off to them this week.  Hopefully it will bring them luck


  1. You know I would wear them with pride as I do the flag pin I received. I am friends with many Aussie sailors who attend our reunion each year. Good mates, all.

  2. Thanks for educating us Americanos Pax. I did not know that.

  3. Yay! I would love to be in the drawing!
    (and another great post!)

  4. I'm in it to win it!

    BTW: The Slouch pin prompted me to jump over to Google and check the hat's history. Learned the hat didn't originate in Aussie Land like I (and probably most folks) thought. Now my day's complete. I learned something! Thank you.

  5. Hope you enjoyed your Anzac Day!

  6. I hope I am not too late. But have greatly admired those men.



    Runner-up prize is waiting for you to contact me (paxford AT gmail DOT com)