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8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection North Bandiana, Vic

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection is staffed by volunteers from the Regimental Association and contains documents, photographs and objects relating to citizen soldiers from Northeast Victoria and date from the late nineteenth century through to the present day.

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Milpo Bandiana Vic 3694
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+61 0400 212 831

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Opening Hours

By appointment only

Location

Building 129 Carlisle Drive North Bandiana Vic

Anthony 'AJ' Hunter 26 November 2017 9:22 PM

A fantastic start - I hope to see more of your collection in the future

Barry Hacker 6 December 2017 6:16 AM

I have been following your work with great interest. All 8/13 VMR Association volunteers are to be congratulated. Well done.

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610 items

610 items

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of line of ten General Grant tanks parked close together along side of road. One of a collection of photographs of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment between 1948 and 1951.

Historical information

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Significance

Unique collection of photographs showing the first years of an armoured regiment of the post-Second World War era Citizen Military Forces showing equipment, uniforms, training and social activity and some personalities.

Inscriptions & Markings

' Grant training at Puckapunyal )

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of soldier in khaki drill shirt. One of a collection of photographs of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment between 1948 and 1951.

Historical information

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment. Following RAN service in WWII John Neale joined 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles in 1948. He progressed through the ranks and postings in the regiment becoming Commanding Officer 1969-76, and later served as Honorary Colonel.

Significance

Unique collection of photographs showing the first years of an armoured regiment of the post-Second World War era Citizen Military Forces showing equipment, uniforms, training and social activity and some personalities.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Sgt. J. Neale :

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of a soldier with rifle. Wearing khaki drill shirt and trousers, boots, web ankllets, belt and shoulder straps and beret. One of a collection of photographs of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment between 1948 and 1951.

Historical information

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Significance

Unique collection of photographs showing the first years of an armoured regiment of the post-Second World War era Citizen Military Forces showing equipment, uniforms, training and social activity and some personalities.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Norm Leischke ( Later Lt. )

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph mounted on card of six soldiers outside a ridge tent in a camp. Three are in shirt sleeves: two are wearing tunics,, one is wearing bandolier, hat with plumes. Part of 20th Light Horse collection

Historical information

The 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) was raised in 1920 as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Citizen Military Forces, with Headquarters at Seymour and depots along the Goulburn Valley from Mansfield to Tocumwal in southern NSW. In December 1941, 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 20th Motor Regiment. In 1943 the Regiment was deployed to Merauke, Dutch New Guinea. Upon its return in April 1945, the Regiment was redesignated 20th Pioneer Battalion. It was disbanded following the end of the war. 20th Light Horse was the only light horse regiment to serve overseas in WWII.

Significance

This is one of a collection of photographs featuring a Light Horse regiment drawn from rural and regional Victoria in the period immediately prior to mobilisation for World War 2 (1939-1945).

Book - Kokoda

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Book titled Kokoda by Peter Fitzsimons

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of three men on foot, two with plumed hats, one in bearskin, speaking with mounted officer in front of mounted escort armed with lances.

Historical information

Escort for Major General Sir Winston Dugan on his arrival at Melbourne 17 July 1939, to take up the post of Governor of Victoria. Escort comprised Lieutenant HG Fyffe, Sergeant C Thorburn, Trumpeter G Pyle and 12 troopers drawn from the Tocumwal Troop 20th Light Horse Regiment.

Significance

Historical photograph of Vice Regal escort drawn from a Light Horse Regiment. It is well provenanced and in good condition. It is possibly the last mounted escort in Victoria drawn from serving military.

Folder

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Green-grey heavy paper folder containing photograph of grave marker of 533 Sergeant CW Huf 7th Battalion AIF who died of wounds sustained at Gallipoli on 13 May 1915. Sgt Huf was 20 years of age.

Historical information

The folder containing the photograph of Sergeant Huf's grave in Egypt was sent to his father. The card is inscribed 'Cpl' but Huf had been promoted to Sergeant just prior to his wounding and evacuation from Gallipoli on HMT "Royal George". He died of his wounds at sea and was buried in Egypt. This folder was part of a collection of items donated to Albury RSL by his surviving sister Miss Edna Huf of Albury about 1970 and passed to the 8/13th VMR Collection.

Significance

Part of a unique collection of items relating to a single Australian soldier who died in the Gallipoli campaign, WWI, and kept by a sibling till close to her death and passed to a local military collection for keeping.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover "Huf C.W,/ 533 Cpl / 7th Bn / Chatby Mil Cem / Alexandria / Egypt" and on back cover "(Father) C W Huf / Australia"

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and White photograph of soldiers in two ranks with instructor in front

Historical information

In 1970s Army Reserve Units carried out their own recruiting and NCO training. RSM Kennard was a member of the 8/13 VMR Cadre staff.

Significance

Fine study of Army Reserve soldiers at Albury 1970s.

Inscriptions & Markings

" NCO Course, Albury, RSM WO1 Kennard " List of some members of squad follows.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of four shooters at a Pistol Range at Albury. 3 are soldiers of 8/13 VMR but only 2 in uniform. Other civilian shooter unknown.

Historical information

Members of Regimental shooting team practiced at civilian in preparation for Divisional Shooting Competition.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Pistol Shooting Prac. Hume Pistol Club. RtoL: Cpl. Terhaer, Cpl. Read, Tpr McKechnie."

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph showing 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment marching past saluting dais at Buna Barracks Albury during Farewell Parade 1976.

Historical information

In 1977 the 8th/13th VMR was reduced to Independent status titled ' A Squadron 8/13 VMR".. This is one of a collection of photographs found at the Cobram Tip. They were handed to local Member Tim McCurdy MLA who handed them on to former 8/13th Sergeant Adrian Younger who in turn placed them in the Regimental Collection,

boots

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Brown leather officer's dress boots with strap-on spurs and leather instep patch and under sole chain. Matching left and right wooden stretchers with metal handle on spreader wedge.

Historical information

Officer's dress boot worn by Brigadier Geoffrey Austin Street MC who served in WWI at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. Following the war he was placed on the Reserve of Officers. He returned to military service in 1931 as Squadron Commander in the 4th Light Horse. He was promoted to the command of the regiment after l8 months' service, and finally to the command of the Third Cavalry Brigade which included the 8th Light Horse Regiment. Brigadier Street had entered Federal Parliament in 1934 and in November 1938 was seconded from military duties to serve as Minister for Defence in the Lyons Government . He was serving in this capacity in the Menzies government when he was killed in an air crash near Canberra on 13 August 1940.

Significance

Representarive example of officer's dress boots from the 'between the wars' period. Well preserved example of the boot makers art, complete and in good condition. Owned by well known Australian soldier and politician tragically killed at commencement of Second World War.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of men and horses of Tallangatta Troop, 8th Light Horse drawn up for inspection when competing for the Hutton Trophy 1938

Historical information

The Hutton Trophy or Shield was awarded annually to the best Light Horse Troop in Australia. The trophy is now held at the Armoured Centre Puckapunyal.

Significance

Shows citizen soldiers from North East Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

Across lower edge of photo " Inspection Hutton Trophy Tallangatta Troopers 1938"

Book

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Hard cover collection titled The Fourth Year of the War in pictures - covering all theatres of conflict in World War Two - forms part of a six volume set

Book

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Blue coloured covered book titled The Crossbelts - The Journal of the Queen's Royal Hussars ( The Queen's Own and Royal Irish ) 1994

Photograph album - The Eighth Light Horse Book

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Leather bound album of 44 leaves containing collection of photographs taken by Signaller JC Campbell and typescripts of two letters written by Captain Mervin Higgins 8th Australian Light Horse AIF during WWI. Cover is faded maroon in colour.

Historical information

Following the death of his only child Mervin on 23 December 1916 at Magdhaba Egypt, Mr Justice Higgins HB has a small number, possibly as few as six, of memorial books made. He sought permission from Signaller JC Campbell to use a selection of photographs taken at Gallipoli and Egypt. The photographs together with typed copies of several letters written by Captain MB Higgins 8th ALH make up the book. It seems likely this copy of the book was given to the 8th Light Horse Association for safe keeping. Following the closure of the Association the last secretary Mr Matthew Maynes entrusted the book to a relative Mrs Baily to be donated to the 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Significance

This is a rare, historic and artistic example of how one family sought to come to terms with the loss of their only child in the Great War 1914-1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

Donated by Mrs Baily [held] in trust to late M Maynes 8 ALH [to] VMR Museum 17.11.92

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of a trooper of the 8th Light Horse AIF holding the reins of his horse with another trooper and 2 horses in the background.

Historical information

The 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF was raised at Broadmeadows Victoria in September 1914 under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander White and formed part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade. The regiment served at Gallipoli where in a courageous but ill-fated charge at the Nek on 7 August 1915 it suffered horrendous casualties including Lieutenant Colonel White. Rebuilt in Egypt under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Maygar VC the regiment went on the serve throughout the Middle East Campaign. Colonel Maygar died of wounds at Beersheba when the regiment was attacked by enemy aircraft while waiting to follow up the successful charge of the 4th LH Brigade on 30 October 1917. The 8th Light Horse AIF was disbanded in 1919, but soon after re-raised as the 8th (Indi) Light Horse in the Citizen Military Forces, superseding 16th (Indi) Light Horse.

Significance

Part of a rare collection of photographs of the 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF during WWI (1914-1918).

Inscriptions & Markings

"Horse lines"

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Framed photograph of two Light Horsemen - One Mounted, One standing - and two horses - Grandfather of Corporal S. Mather. Circa 1938

Inscriptions & Markings

Private Valentine Reginald Allison, 18th Gippsland light Horse, leongatha Showgrounds Training Sgt. 2001

Binoculars

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Metal framed Sportiere Paris Jockey Club binoculars with leather covering on body of lens caseings.

Historical information

Captain William Robert Rutledge volunteered for the AIF 25 June 1917 as an 18 year-old farm labourer of Hay NSW. He served as No 6935 with 35th Battalion on Western Front; wounded in action April 1918; Returned to Australia March 1919. Served in 21st Light Horse (CMF) between the wars. WWII service NX 112296 12 September 1942 – 4 October 1946, in 26 Work Company with rank of Captain.

Significance

Part of a collection of memorabilia acquired by a district soldier with service in 1st and 2nd AIF and in CMF between the wars.

Inscriptions & Markings

Around rim of eye pieces "Paris Jockey Club"

Document - Unofficial History of 13th Light Horse/Armoured Regiment

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Typed document prepared by Mr Claude H Wilson, President of the 13th Light Horse Regimental Association 1987. Scanned and posted as pdf file.

Historical information

This history was prepared by Mr Claude H Wilson, President of the 13th Armoured Regiment Association in the late 1980s and draws on a diary by a member of the WWI 13th Light Horse.

Significance

Valuable historical source of a Victorian regional military unit in both WWI (1914-1918) and WWII (1939-1945).

photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of Dingo Scout Car (commonly called a Doodlebug by the soldiers), at Puckapunyal. One of a collection of photographs of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment between 1948 and 1951.

Historical information

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Significance

Unique collection of photographs showing the first years of an armoured regiment of the post-Second World War era Citizen Military Forces showing equipment, uniforms, training and social activity and some personalities.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Doodlebug Scout Car "

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of soldier in khaki drill uniform and beret with silver Rising Sun hat badge. One of a collection of photographs of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment between 1948 and 1951.

Historical information

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment. Following service in WWII Sergeant Alan Veitch served in 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Significance

Unique collection of photographs showing the first years of an armoured regiment of the post-Second World War era Citizen Military Forces showing equipment, uniforms, training and social activity and some personalities.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Sgt. A. Veitch

Document

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Framed City of Albury Declaration of Appreciation Certificate coloured white & cream with City seal.and 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment Stable belt colours..

Inscriptions & Markings

Framed City of Albury Declaration of Appreciation coloured white and cream with City Seal and 8/13th Victorian Nounted Rifles Regiment Stable belt colours.

Manual

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Green coloured heavy card covered technical manual, screw bound, adhesive fabric spine being Instructions for the Australian Army Ordnance Services Storage in the Tropics 1966.

Historical information

All field units such as 8/13 VMR had need of methods to store equipment. This document provided a template for storage in tropical conditions.

Significance

Moderate research value

Inscriptions & Markings

Ink stamp on title page " 8/13VMR Regimental Collection. "

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Framed black and white photograph of an officer wearing a black beret with 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles hat badge. Inscription panel on lower frame.

Historical information

Major Gordon Cole joined 8th/13th VMR as a trooper. He rose through the ranks to become Officer Commanding ' A " Squadron 8/13 VMR 1980 - 1982. The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Significance

One of a collection of photographic portraits of Commanding Officers and Officers Commanding of the regiment/independent squadron from its inception in 1947 to its linking with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse in 1991.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Maj. G.F. Cole 1980 - 1982

Uniform

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Khaki tunic with 2nd Division Artillery colour patches, four overseas service chevrons on right sleeve, gun sergeant's rank chevrons and metal trade badge, metal 'Australia' titles on epaulets, Rising Sun collar badges, gold wound stripe on left sleeve, ribbon bar: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victoria Medal. Leather belt and bandolier. Worn by Sergeant Edwin Patino 13th Battery (Albury Battery) AIF on the Western Front WWI.

Historical information

Sergeant Edwin Robert Patino was a member of the 13th Battery (Albury Battery), 5th Field Artillery Brigade. A single man previously from Sydney and a plasterer by trade, he enlisted on 3 July 1916. In April 1917 he was wounded in the leg at Bullecourt. He recovered and returned to the Battery, was promoted to Bombadier; and later to Sergeant. He arrived back in Australia in October 1919. His uniform and personal items were donated to the Albury branch of the Returned Services League (RSL) many years later and were passed to the 8/13 VMR Collection to be added to other Albury Battery memorabilia..

Significance

The significance of this historic object is enhanced by the presence of other memorabilia belonging to this soldier. It is well provenanced and adds to the connection of a regional city with a military unit which bore the unofficial, but oft used title Albury Battery in WWI.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of M3 Stuart Light tank.

Historical information

M3 Stuart Light tank was the first tank supplied to Australia in WWII under Lend Lease Scheme. The 2/6th Armoured Regiment used Stuart tanks in the Battle for Buna,

Significance

Good quality image of the type of tank first used by Australians in the Papua New Guinea campaign WWII (1939-1945).

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of group of soldiers holding mess tins and mugs waiting for food. Wearing khaki drill jackets and trousers - no webbing, cloth berets.One of a collection of photographs of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment between 1948 and 1951.

Historical information

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Significance

Unique collection of photographs showing the first years of an armoured regiment of the post-Second World War era Citizen Military Forces showing equipment, uniforms, training and social activity and some personalities.

Inscriptions & Markings

" 1. Russ Keighran, 2. Ron Singe "

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Coloured photograph of M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier of 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles " swimming " in Lake Mulwala during water training circa 1977.

Historical information

Training included the amphibious capability of the M113 APC.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of three soldiers of the 13th Light Horse Regiment: Troopers Alan Daviidson, George Davidson and Bill Duggan.

Historical information

1342 Trooper Allen Davidson of Mt.Egerton Vic; 1341 Trooper George Davidson of Mt Egerton Vic; and 1340 Trooper William Duggan of Albert Park Vic. T he 13th Light Horse Regiment (AIF) was raised t Broadmeadows Victoria in March 1915. Following service at Gallipoli the regiment was broken up with squadrons going to France as Divisional Cavalry Squadrons of 2nd, 4th and 5ht Divisions. The regiment was reformed as firstly 1st Anzac Corps Mounted Troops and lather Australian Corps Mounted Troops.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of Officer in Light Horse Uniform with Sam Browne belt being Captain William Robert Rutledfe, 21st Light Horse.Photo mountrd on display board with colour patch and other badges

Historical information

Captain William Robert Rutledge volunteered for the AIF 25 June 1917 as an 18 year-old farm labourer of Hay NSW. He served as No 6935 with 35th Battalion on Western Front; wounded in action April 1918; Returned to Australia March 1919. Served in 21st Light Horse (CMF) between the wars. WWII service NX 112296 12 September 1942 – 4 October 1946, in 26 Work Company with rank of Captain.

Significance

Part of a collection of memorabilia acquired by a district soldier with service in 1st and 2nd AIF and in CMF between the wars.