8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana
Set of nesting aluminium mess tins with place names scratched into the outside of the soft metal. Tins were the property of Sergeant Sydney Neale who served in Militia prior to the WWII then the AIF. He has scratched his service career onto the tins.
Sydney Charles Neale was a 35 year-old carpenter living in Albury when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces on 1 July 1940. He was at that time serving as a sergeant in the 122nd Howitzer Battery, 22nd Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division (Militia). Neale served with the 2nd 1st Field Regiment, 6th Division AIF in North Africa, Greece, Crete, Ceylon, Australia and Papua New Guinea. He returned to Albury following the war. He died 17 May 1955 and is buried at the Albury Cemetery.
Unique example of a WWII soldier's record of service engraved on his mess tins which he carried with him throughout the war.
Inscriptions & Markings
Starting at handle around sides of larger tin:
2nd AIF; 2/1st FLD RGT; ROYAL PARK; GEELONG; PUCKAPUNYAL; MELBOURNE; FREMANTLE; PERTH; BOMBAY; ADEN; PORT SUEZ; BARBARA; BIET; JIRJA; EMARIYA; ALEXANDRIA; ATHENS; PIRAEUS PORT; THE PLACE FOR DIVE BOMBERS; DAPNI.C; GYLPHADA; LARRISA; LAMIA; DOMUKOS; THERMOPYLAE; CORINTH; THE CANA; ARGOS; CANEA; SUDA BAY; RETIMO; OLIVE TREES; NICE STREAM; LOVELY FLOWERS; SPHANA; FAREWELL GREEKS; IKINCIA; KHASSA.
On base of tin:
MURATANIA / TO INDIA (BOMBAY) / WESTERNLAND / TO EGYPT (SUEZ) / PENNLAND / TO GREECE (PORT PIRAEUS) / GLENAIRN / TO CRETE (CANEA) / LESPOS / TO EGYPT (ALEXANDRIA) / WESTERNLAND / TO CEYLON (COLOMBO) / WESTERNLAND / TO AUSSIE) / SS JOSEPH LANE / TO N. GUINEA.
Around sides of smaller tin:
CEYLON; COLOMBO; HORANA; KALUTARA; PEMBROKE / ESTATE; PANADURA; MT LAVINA; DIYATALAW / LOOKOUT; FOR THE KINGCOBRA / AND THE VIPERS / PLENTY OF TROPICAL FRUIT; WHERE THE / RAF KNOCKED / THE JAPS / AND SO WE / SAY FAREWELL / TO / CEYLON; SEYMOUR; ALBURY; WHERE NEXT?; WALLGROVE; GRETA; BRISBANE; PORT MORESBY; WAU; SKINDEWAI; BULOLO; SUMMIT CREEK; CRYSTAL; THE GAP; PLANE 33 / TO WAU; PLANE TO / MORESBY; PLANE TO / TOWNSVILLE.
On base of smaller tin:
Rough depiction of Union Jack, and EGYPT; INDIA; NEW GUINEA; GREECE; CRETE; PALESTINE; CEYLON; AUSTRALIA