Historical information

Ernest OLD. Records show that he enlisted for the Boer War No 2356 on 11.7.1902 in the 2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse age 27 years. On 10.8.1912 he enlisted in the 17th Aust Light Horse No 84004 D Troop A Sqd. He then enlisted in the AIF No 77, 13th LH, HQ & Machine Gun Section aged 40 years on 22.12.1914. Embarked for Eygpt 28.5.1915. Embarked for Gallipoli 4.9.1915. Hospitalised 24.12.1915 with Parotitis / Mumps. Hospitalised 23.1.1916 with Debility. Transferred to 2nd Pioneers 14.3.1916. Embark for France 19.3.1916. WIA 14.11.1916 GSW thighs severe. Medically downgraded to C3. Returned to Aust 20.12.1917 re wounds and overage. Discharged from the AIF 27.3.1918. He then went back into 17th LH until 1933 with the rank WO 2 in Stores.

Physical description

Australian Lighthorseman Slouch Hat with pugaree, emu plume, badge & leather chin strap with metal buckle. The badge has the devil above a half wreath of leaves on a round red Petersham

Inscriptions & markings

On Badge: "13/ALH"
Handwritten inside crown:
E. Old
7' (Size)
Adelaide HATS COY