Medal, Dardanelles

A French Dardanelles Medal. The bronze medal features a left facing profile of a women wearing a wreathed helmet representing the French Republic. " REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE " is marked around it. The reverse features an axe and artillery piece before two standards, the nearer of which bears legend "HONNEUR / PATRIE / 1913 / 1918 ". "R. F." is marked on the right. It is attached to a green and white striped ribbon with an ornate clasp attached through a horizontally pierced barrel shaped suspension.
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French troops who survived combat in the Dardanelles were awarded this medal. See the Fitzwilliam Museum  This medal was donated to Taranaki Museum as part of the large collection made by prominent south Taranaki lawyer John Houston.
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