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Frankston RSL Sub Branch Frankston, Victoria

The Frankston RSL Sub Branch had its origins in 1919 when the club was founded by soldiers returning from the "Great War". The Sub Branch was chartered in January 1920 and since that time club members have accumulated a modest collection of historical military items donated by ex service personnel, local families and military sources. The collection continues to grow and includes items such as letters, documents, diaries, paintings, photographs, medals, uniforms, weapons and souvenirs spanning the period from Australian Federation to the present era.

Frankston RSL Sub Branch also houses a comprehensive library of military histories in printed book and audio visual formats.

This memorabilia collection is displayed in the clubrooms and is regularly changed to commemorate events in Australian military history and thus honour the service and sacrifices of Australian defence personnel, past and present.

Note that not all collection items are on display at any point in time.

Contact Information

location
PO Box 3168 Frankston East Victoria 3199 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9783 2288

Contact

Opening Hours

10:00 until late every day (except ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Good Friday)

Entry Fee

No admission fee. All interested visitors welcome.

Location

183 Cranbourne Road Frankston Victoria

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A collection of historical military items donated by ex service personnel, local families and military sources. The collection includes items such as letters, documents, diaries, paintings, photographs, medals, uniforms, weapons and souvenirs spanning the period from Australian Federation to the present era.

Significance

This collection documents and commemorates events in Australian military history, honouring the service and sacrifice of Australia’s defence personnel, past and present, especially the young women and men from the Frankston district and the Mornington Peninsula region.

John Cooper 23 July 2011 1:32 PM

Congratulations on good work.

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6 items with documents

6 items

Medal Set (set of 3) World War 1

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Set of three service medals issued to Australian Army serviceman Thomas Patrick Flood, number 3757, Private, 8th Battalion, 1st AIF who served during World War 1. Set consists of the 1914-1915 star, the British War Medal and the Allied Victory Medal, these medals are complete with original ribbons and are unmounted. A small cardboard box addressed to the recipient is enclosed. Presumably this box was originally used to deliver one of the medals by mail.

Medal Set (set of 3)

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Set of WW1 medals issued to T. R. Cook, note DCM + MM not included. 1) The 1914-1915 Star. Awarded for service on the establishment of a ship or unit in a theatre of war. A member awarded the 1914 Star could not be awarded the 1914-15 Star (this award). 2) British War Medal. Awarded for service as follows: • Navy - for 28 days mobilised service or to those who lost their lives in active operations before completing that period, between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. • Army and Air Force - entry into a theatre of war on duty, or who left places of residence and rendered approved overseas service between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. • Mercantile Marine - at least six months service between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. 3) The Victory medal. Awarded for service as follows: • Navy - those who were mobilised and rendered approved service either at sea between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918 or on the establishment of a unit within a theatre of military operations. • Army - those who served on the establishment of a unit in a theatre of war. • Air Force - those who served on the establishment of a unit in a theatre of war outside the UK, served with an operational unit in the UK or overseas and had been actively engaged against the enemy, been employed in flying new aircraft to France or served on the complement of aircraft-carrying ships. A member Mentioned in Dispatches for service during World War 1 wears a bronze oak leaf on the ribbon. Only one emblem is worn no matter how many times a member may have been 'mentioned'

Historical information

Thomas Richard Cook Service number: 1732 Rank: Private Roll title: 1 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 8 Reinforcements (December 1914 - August 1915) Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918 Date of embarkation: 10 April 1915 Place of embarkation: Sydney Ship embarked on: HMAT Argyllshire Ship number: A8

Inscriptions & Markings

1) 1914-15 Star: Star with crown on top, with crossed swords, embossed with "1914-15" on obverse side, "1768/ Gnr T R Cook/ 1/Bn. A.I.F." 2)King George head and mounted warrioir on obverse. 3)Winged Brittania and obverse "The Great/war for/civilisation/1914-1919"

Kitbag

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Kitbag, RAAF grey canvas, with white cord, circa World War 2, certificate of service attached under images for Flight Lietutenant Jack Ware Cornish, 409295

Historical information

Issued to Flight Lieutenant JACK WARE CORNISH, 409295, Royal Australian Air Force. Copy of certificate of service attached in Images section

Inscriptions & Markings

RAAF 409295

Plaque, Memorial

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

First World War Memorial Plaque, bronze, in recognition of Private Sydney Frederick TURNER, from C Company, 9 Battalion who was KIA at Pozieres on 25 July, 1916. it is housed in a wooden surround with pattern embossed in the margins with a liking of the rising sun at the top. He is recorded on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial and is listed with an Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau File, a copy of which is attached.

Historical information

1914-1918 Memorial Plaque In early 1920 it was announced that the next-of-kin of all Australian servicemen and women whose deaths were attributable to the First World War would receive a memorial plaque and scroll "as a solace for bereavement and as a memento". The memorial plaques were not uniquely Australian. In fact they were designed and produced in Britain and issued to commemorate all those who died as a result of war service from within the British Commonwealth. The idea for the plaques was originally conceived mid-way through the war. In 1917 a competition was announced to obtain a suitable design and 800 entries were eventually received. The winner, Mr. E. Carter Preston of Liverpool, England, was chosen in 1918. He was awarded a prize of 250 pounds. Mr Manning Pike directed the manufacture of the memorial plaques at the Memorial Plaque Factory set up at Acton, London. Some later plaques were also made at the Woolwich Arsenal. The cost of manufacturing so many plaques must have been considerable. Each plaque had the name of the soldier commemorated individually embossed (some were engraved) as part of the design. The full name was given without any indication of rank or honours to show the equality of sacrifice of all those who had lost their lives. The scroll designed to accompany the plaques was of thick paper, headed by the royal coat-of-arms, and bore the following message: "He whom this scroll commemorates was numbered among those who, at the call of King and Country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger, and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom. Let those that come after see that his name is not forgotten". Underneath the message the serviceman or woman’s name, rank, honours and unit were written by hand in red ink. Because of the late arrival in Australia of the plaques many scrolls were sent out separately. A message from the King, "I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War", was included with the scroll. The first plaques were distributed in Australia in 1922. Each plaque was sent out from Base Records Office at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne by second-class mail. Approximately 60,000 plaques were issued in Australia. Families of deceased members of the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army Nursing Service also received plaques and scrolls

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed around the edge of the plaque "HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOVR". The name of the serviceman is embossed on the plaque, right of centre, SYDNEY FREDERICK TURNER

Book

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A miniature book of common prayer, with front page(s) missing and notation inside rear cover " T R Cook, William Road, Carrum Downs, Received France"

Inscriptions & Markings

On last printed page, a notation "Eyre & Spottiswoode, Kings Printers, London NE

Helmet, Flying

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An RAAF 'B' type leather flying helmet as issued during WW11 and used during the late 1940s and early 1950s period. It is made of dark brown leather with a dark yellow suede inner lining. It has a khaki coloured webbing chinstrap. It also includes a head set.

Inscriptions & Markings

The reference number, stamped in white, is on each headphone. 'REF No 10A/13466'