Booklet produced in 1940 for members of the 2nd AIF by the Australian Comforts Fund Victorian Division. The 128-page pocket-sized book could be carried everywhere and provided Australian soldiers with a wide range of useful information about the requirements of war service and many other important details such as: The Laws and Customs of War - including Geneva Convention guidelines, notes on spies and insignia of rank; Things a Soldier should Know - including over 60 points; Signaling - including flags, morse code, shipboard bell times and time zone; Decorations Awarded to Australians in the Great War; Arabic and Japanese words; First Aid for gas injuries etc.; Australian Historical Events, facts and figures etc.; and Conduct Overseas - including expectations of behaviour when representing Australia.
Hugh George Ferguson was born in June 1900 in Williamstown. After his family moved to Kew, they lived in Fernhurst Grove while his future wife’s family lived in Fellows Street. He married in 1940 and subsequently joined the Australian Imperial Forces. After the war he worked as a Billeting Affairs Organiser for Dutch Government, resettling migrants in Australia. He also worked in Advertising as an account manager, and was campaign director for Arthur Rylah is Victorian politics. He organised the first major trade fairs at the Royal Exhibition Buildings after the Second World War, including a World Trade Fair. He built a home in Brougham Street and represented North Ward on Kew Council from 1952 to 1968. He was elected Mayor for the 1959-60 term. He died in 1975, aged 75, and is buried in Boroondara Cemetery.
Inscriptions & Markings
Handwritten inside cover: "VX23812 / Hugh G. Ferguson / Palestine / 1.10.40"
Handwritten Owner's details: Name "Ferguson, Hugh G."; Reg No. "VX81232"; Rank: "SGT"; Unit: "ADMIN HQ A.I.F."; Home Address: "16 Fellowes St Kew"; Next of Kin: "Wife"; Date of Birth: "24.6.1900"; Weight: "10st 6lbs"; Date: "1.10.40"; Height: "5ft 6ins"