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Leather Despatch Pouch

From the Collection of Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch 1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

Description
Brown leather pouch with 48 BN written in white on front flap. Two metal buckles with leather straps on rear
Size
25cm wide, 23cm long, 5cm deep
Object Registration
70.1
Keywords
leather pouch, pouch, leather, map case
Historical information
Leather dispatch pouch issued to soldier serving with the 48th Battalion to deliver urgent orders and messages usually between headquarters and military units.
Significance
Despatch riders were used by armed forces to deliver urgent orders and messages between headquarters and military units. They had a vital role at a time when telecommunications were limited and insecure.
Inscriptions & Markings
On front flap: 48 BN written in white paint. Under flap: C.H.F. ^^ES C.M.F S.A 10/12 has been engraved into the leather
Last updated
10 May 2019 at 2:36PM