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"Gallipoli Star" Medal of WW I

Updated on December 22, 2016

Discovering dad's Medal was from Turkey (the Ottoman Empire)

The story about an item I inherited from my father many years ago. It is a "star brooch" and it had been worn by my mother and myself, my mom must have known, but I always thought it was just an odd looking brooch. One day I was at the Library researching my husbands Vietnam Medals...I came across a book in the reference section with all kinds of War Medals, as I was flipping through the pages my eye caught a star! I turned the page back and discovered the very "star brooch" that I had, it actually was a Turkish medal given during the Ottoman Empire during WWI. This Star Medal was awarded to my father during his wartime during WWI fighting for Germany in Turkey. My husband said, most likely there is a ribbon that goes with it...Having my dad's WWI and WWII ribbons, I checked the ribbon colors, the red and white with a moon crest insignia pin on top. There it was, the ribbon with the crest! I searched in Google for this medal, finding the informative link (site now can't be found) information also confirmed on my fathers handwritten Ahnentafel (his German Genealogy chart). On the chart it gave confirmation of the dates and names of Medals awarded. I found this to be very interesting and wanted to share this on a webpage.

My search for information on his military duties in WWII has not been successful. Having searched the Internet and many German sites, my quest has gone this point I'm not sure I'll ever find more on his war duties or genealogy...I certainly had hopes in finding this information before I meet my maker.

Note ~ Scraper Protection: If you see this webpage anywhere else on the Internet besides here..PLEASE contact me...Thank You ~ Delia Pacheco

WWI Ribbon with Crest for the Gallipoli Star

WWI Ribbon with Crest for the Gallipoli Star
WWI Ribbon with Crest for the Gallipoli Star | Source

WWl photos of my father

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dad in a foxhole WWlBattles, rank and awards during WWI for my dad - called Schlachten in GermanDad's Galllipoli Star
dad in a foxhole WWl
dad in a foxhole WWl | Source
Battles, rank and awards during WWI for my dad - called Schlachten in German
Battles, rank and awards during WWI for my dad - called Schlachten in German | Source
Dad's Galllipoli Star
Dad's Galllipoli Star | Source
Medal image from Hendrik Meersschaert collection
Medal image from Hendrik Meersschaert collection

Ottoman Empire Medal

the "Gallipoli Star"

image Hendrik Meersschaert collection

This is the Turkish War Medal of 1915....a medal referred to by a number of different informal names. The commonwealth nations often called it the "Gallipoli Star" even though it was not a campaign medal specifically for that battle. The "Iron Crescent," was another informal name, as it functioned similarly to Prussia's Iron Cross. From 1915 until the end of the war, the medal was given for acts of bravery or merit in action. Recipients of the Imtiaz and Liyakat medal were automatically eligible for this medal. The description of this medal is a star-shaped pin back badge of white metal (not iron) with a raised crescent around the bottom center, and the "Toughra" or monogram of the Sultan in the center. Flat surfaces of the badge were finished in a thin opaque red enamel. It was worn pinned to the tunic in a manner similar to the Iron Cross, and not suspended from a ribbon. When the star itself was not worn, a ribbon (red with white side stripes) was worn in the second button hole (like the Iron Cross 2nd Class)

Because the medal was frequently awarded to German and Austrian personnel who served with the Turkish forces during WW 1, many unofficial variants were made in Germany and elsewhere, of varying quality, but usually of higher quality than the originals. This difference in quality had led some early authors to speculate that there were two classes of the War Medal -- poor quality copies for enlisted men, nicer copies for officers. In fact there was only one class.

referenced from (site now can't be found)

The Turkish War Medal (WW1 Gallipoli War Medal) (Military History)
The Turkish War Medal (WW1 Gallipoli War Medal) (Military History)
In English and Turkish. Book is dedicated to explain the history and intricacies of the Ottoman War Medal (Also known as Gallipoli War Medal). Pictures and descriptions of all types - designs of the medal and certificates signed by Enver pasha and Liman Von Sanders.

My father -

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Dad (far left) on a movie set with Pola Negri Dad with the Red Baronportrait of dadat Castle Gross Stein
Dad (far left) on a movie set with Pola Negri
Dad (far left) on a movie set with Pola Negri | Source
Dad with the Red Baron
Dad with the Red Baron | Source
portrait of dad
portrait of dad | Source
at Castle Gross Stein
at Castle Gross Stein

Friends of dad's

My dad knew many famous people in his life, one of the photos above shows him on the set with silent film star Pola Negri who he had dated, the other photo is of him and the Red Baron in the plane. I wish I had more, however we lost most everything during war and some of these are what's what's left.

Collecting military medals and decorations (Stanley Gibbons guides)
Collecting military medals and decorations (Stanley Gibbons guides)
'Collecting Military Medals and Decorations' is a very informative book...found here in paperback...the information given is important when dealing with authentic medals

Rare footage

Gallipoli: The Turkish Story

Gallipoli: The Turkish Story
Gallipoli: The Turkish Story
Offering interviews with Turkish survivors of the Gallipoli campaign, insights from their descendants, and more than 50 photographs from the Turkish side of the trenches, this is the story of the infamous World War I battle from the Turkish perspective. This portrayal of the Battle of Canakkale, as the Turks call it, paints a richer portrait of the past and broadens the knowledge and understanding of this tragic event. This battle has become a common bond between Turkey and the Australians and New Zealander's against whom they fought, and this book presents a point of view which is of growing interest. Again a book with interviews of the Turkish survivors of the Gallipoli campaign.... The Turkish Story Many people don't even realize this Gallipoli campaign was ever fought and all those involved...interesting reading.

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Originally Created 08/10/2007

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    • tazzytamar profile image


      6 years ago from chichester

      What a wonderful family heirloom! And the unique history of it makes it all the more special. Thank you for sharing :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, this is really a treasure and I know you are thrilled to learn more about your dad's medal. I really enjoyed reading this and thank you for sharing your story.

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      6 years ago

      I love history, your lenses are so very interesting and varied, thank you.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens,thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Fascinating post! Thanks a lot!

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      7 years ago

      What a wonderful gift he has left you in not only the medal but also the story he created through living his life. You must be very proud.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is precious. You are lucky. This is really worth sharing. I always enjoy your personal stories.

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      7 years ago

      fascinating history. great lens

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      Erin Mellor 

      7 years ago from Europe

      I'm so glad you were able to find the backstory, what a wonderful way to explore family history.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago

      Your father truly was a very handsome and adventurous man. Your family history is fascinating.

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      7 years ago

      WOW This lens is really awesome , I found it great read, and educational too. Thanks.

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      Wayne Rasku 

      7 years ago

      I was looking up stories about war and medals relating to Memorial Day, and this popped up. Great story, glad you found all this wonderful information about your family. Thanks for sharing it.

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      7 years ago

      I have to say, you have some of the most interesting stories! Totally blessed!

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      Titia Geertman 

      8 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Very interesting and so lucky that you stumbled upon that book in the library. Blessed.

    • delia-delia profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @sittonbull: Thanks, one problem with Germans, they didn't allow a child to ask anything, you did not talk unless spoken to...what I know, is from listening to my mother relate stories, however one of my aunts was only too happy to share things about my dad that I never knew before.

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      8 years ago

      Your dad had to be quite an interesting fellow and wouldn't you love to have a volume of the stories he could tell? Another outstanding lens here! I just discovered that you Squid liked my Learning lens also so thank you very much.

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      8 years ago


      Can u help, my grand grandfather (danish) join the asien korps (he lived in the south part of jytland and his parrents was from Austria) in palastine etc. he left the Gallipo cross and german eion cross and I think the Liyakat medal. Looking for the arkiv u told about "Ahnnentafel (German Genealogy chart)"

      Can u help ? pls

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      8 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a fascinating history of your father's metal. Thanks for sharing this bit of history with us.

    • delia-delia profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @Rangoon House: I think that is so interesting that your family (husband) also has one...How cool is that!

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      8 years ago from Australia

      We have some common background. I also have a Gallipoli medal, but one that my husband's maternal grandfather was awarded by the Australian Army. My husband also has Vietnam medals. Blessings.

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      bilafond lm 

      8 years ago

      You must have seen my Dad's medals, I think I should also put up mine in a case now. I was delaying it as some times one needs to wear them on functions.

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      bilafond lm 

      8 years ago

      Wow, now this I called a good discovery and a rare honour for you and your family. The Star has some Arabic inscription I guess, if it is, did you find out what is written and its meaning.

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      8 years ago from New Jersey

      Nice story. Your father seems to have led a very adventurous life!

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      8 years ago

      What a fascinating story - thanks so kindly for sharing. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Anthony Godinho 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like these lenses of yours that take us back in time. Another wonderful lens on the Gallipoli Star!

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      8 years ago

      What wonderful history. What a treasure. Your father and those with him were there when the world needed them. Thanks for sharing.

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      E L Seaton 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Great investigative work. You should be proud of the skills it takes to follow the medal down.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      9 years ago

      i am really glad to meet you. my husband likes documentaries about germany's past since his family came from schlessien (now polish) some 500 yrs. ago. your dad with the red baron? wow!

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      9 years ago

      This is a really cool look into history. Thanks for sharing!

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      9 years ago

      Wow, it seems your dad was a real adventurer!

    • Genjud profile image


      9 years ago

      My grandfather served in the German Army before coming to the US in 1911. So I am just getting started in researching his service records. Great site, lots of food for thought and research.

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      Your research into your family history and the way you have presented it merits a Squidoo angel blessing. I'll feature it on You've Been Blessed. Well-done!

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      sushilkin lm 

      9 years ago

      Nice Historical Read !! Thanks for sharing.

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      9 years ago

      Our beautiful story that congratulations should be very valuable this brooch star for you.

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      9 years ago

      Very informative and interesting lens, thanks for sharing the story...

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      9 years ago

      What an interesting lens. Most UK and British Commonwealth people associate the Gallipoli (Dardanelles) with the ANZACS. I discovered that my great Uncle John was in the Royal Naval Division or Winston's Little Army during WW1 (lens here on Squidoo) The Dardanelles Campaign was Churchill's idea).The RND were sailors who fought on land and also fought at Gallipoli. Uncle John joined after that campaign so my uncle and your father would not have been adversaries but did fight on the Western Front.

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      Virginia Allain 

      10 years ago from Central Florida

      How fascinating to discover these little bits of family history and research them further!

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      Jhangora LM 

      10 years ago

      Interesting Lens. I like History a lot and I think there was an incidence in the battle of Gallipoli where a Turkish soldier lifted a shell which weighed much more than his own body weight.

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      10 years ago

      another great one !!

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      David Schroeter 

      10 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for creating this lens, Delia. Gallipoli is very special to all Australians and, every year on ANZAC Day, (25th April) many Aussies, who are abroad, congregate for a Dawn Service at Gallipoli to commemorate the sacrifice of the troops on both sides.

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      Tony Payne 

      10 years ago from Southampton, UK

      That is pretty amazing. Great lens, history and photographs too.

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      Paul Hassing 

      10 years ago

      Wow! This is certainly one of the more interesting lenses I've come across. Great photos. Great research. Great story! Best regards, P. :)

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      10 years ago

      Great lens. I have a passion for genealogy. It helps connect the dots of your past to the dots of history. How exciting. 5stars

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      10 years ago

      terrific lens! 5* and favorite it

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      Indigo Janson 

      10 years ago from UK

      Your father was such an interesting man and must have had many tales to tell. It's wonderful that you have his medal.

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      11 years ago

      Wow, very cool! I lensrolled this to my Story of Vietnam Veteran lens and blessed it!

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      11 years ago

      What a great story. You may even hear from others who have inherited this type of medal. I'm featuring your lens on my Squid Angel Diary this week.

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      11 years ago from London, UK

      What a tribute to your father. And how lovely that you have this memory of your father.

      You've been featured on 100 Lenses for my 100th Lens.

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      11 years ago

      Very nice lens, I'm always interested in history! 5 stars for the original pictures.

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      12 years ago

      Glad you did this lens. I have a history of my father's WW11 experience complete with medals and letters from fellow soldiers who tracked him down later in life to thank him for saving their lives. I have thought of sharing it on a lens and you have, unknowingly, given me the incentive to do so. He died in '91, but I appreciate what he did in WW11 and am also very proud of him as a great dad! Thank you for sharing this about your dad. 5*

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      12 years ago

      Ah, this is quite an interesting lens! Did you say how many of these were produced; how many are in existence; what they are worth? I think your lens is the first to talk about war medals.

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      12 years ago

      An interesting lens on an interesting topic. May we remember the bravery of the men & women from all countries and all times who fight and risk their life. Great lens 5* I'll set up a related lens link on my Victoria Cross lens.

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      12 years ago

      I am simply amazed that anyone would even mention Gallipoli. It is so unknown and I believe only one movie was ever made about the battle at Gallipoli, starring a very young Mel Gibson. I think it was an absolute crime how the British used the Aussies in that battle. It wasn't even a battle... It was an absolute massacre with wave after wave of brave Australian infantrymen being mowed down with Gatling guns before they could even make an advance. It was tragic and anyone who survived should be revered with more than just a medal. This was a wonderful lens.

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      12 years ago

      what a great treasure! very inspiring lens!

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      Glenn McCarthy 

      12 years ago

      Excellent reading – really enjoyed this entry. Well done

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      12 years ago

      Thanks for taking the time to put together such a

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      13 years ago

      We studied about this in school. 5* for you! Solve Dog Behavior Problems

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      13 years ago

      My grnadfather fought in WW2 5* Dog Whisper Woman


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