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Red Cliffs Military Museum Red Cliffs, Victoria

Situated in Red Cliffs/Irymple RSL Clubrooms in Jamieson Ave, Red Cliffs, Victoria, Red Cliffs Military Museum was established in 1997, when the committee decided that there were so many items being handed in for safe keeping, they would use the unused billiard room to house these items. It was then decided to open to the public. The Museum has a wonderful collection of artefacts and memorabilia, from the Boer War to Vietnam, covering all Services including Women's Services, some are unique, not to be seen elsewhere, and is still growing. We also have a very extensive Library of Military related books and DVD's. Run by volunteers our museum has been described as one of the best outside of major cities.
At the moment it is open to the public 1st Sunday of each month- 10am -4pm, Every Friday morning 9am -12noon or by appointment.
Schools, service clubs and visiting coach tours are regular visitors, and there have been visitors from all over Australia and many parts of the world.

Contact Information

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Jamieson Ave Red Cliffs Victoria 3496 (map)
phone
+61 03 50241499

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Opening Hours

10am to 4pm 1st Sunday of each month Friday mornings 9am to 12md or by appointment

Entry Fee

Adults- $2 & Children Free

Location

Jamieson Ave Red Cliffs Victoria

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Medals - WW1 Medals awarded to Lieutenant Frank William Tickle M.C.

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Military Cross 1914/15 Star British War Medal 1914/18 Victory Medal all medals with associated coloured ribbons

Historical information

Collection contains original citation certificate for the Military Cross and telegram for invitation to Buckingham Palace to receive medal

Inscriptions & Markings

Military Cross has no inscription 1914/15 Star 1087 Pte F.W. Tickle 8 Bn. A.I.F. Victory Medal Lt. F.W. Tickle A.I.F.

Lantern - WW1 Candle Lantern

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Tin construction, with sections for eight glass panels (1 missing, 1 incomplete. Perforated tin panels top and base. steel wire bracket for holding or hanging on top. Steel wire sliding latches on top and base as well as one side, when both are unlatched all sides are hinged and lantern can be folded up for storage. Contains a candle (not original), 2 stamped tin labels.

Inscriptions & Markings

1) Use 1/2 candles only. 2) E.A. Harper & Sons/1916/Redfern N.S.W.

Carved Stick

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

The carved stick is made from Kunja Cane of New Guinea. It was hand carved with the names and places the 2/7th Battalion Stretcher bearer unit. Carved by Dagwood Williamson, with the aid of a Penknife and a nail file.

Historical information

Note with Stick. Kairivu New Guinea This carved stick is Kunja cane of New Guinea. When the war ended my company was in Kairivu, the last outpost in the world to get official notification of the Peace. During the time of waiting for the word from Wewak, for something to do, Dagwood Williamson with the aid of a pen-knife and a nail file carved the names of the places we had been and the name of our Stretcher Bearer Unit - 2/7 Battalion. Next to the Doctor at Regimental Aide Post [R.A. P.]. I was Sgt. in Charge of Stretcher Bearers and when Dagwood Williamson asked me to accept the cane for safe keeping I was pleased to do so. Now most of the boys have gone, so now over to you to look after it, it is the only one in the -----WORLD. Stan Hair Red Cliffs. March 1999

Inscriptions & Markings

Highly decorated and has the names Aitape, Balif, Banyak, Maprik, Yamil, Kiarivu, Wewak, New Guinea, 1944-1945, 2/7th Btn, 6 Div, As a list. Stretcher bearers, Lofty, Stan, Norm, Bob, Jacko, Dagwood, Aussie, Mick, Lyle, Sam, Reg, Ocker, Hulla, Luppy, Stewy, Smithy, Harvey, Graham, Don, Dave, Mac x, Farmer, Vince, Farnell, Lightning.

Torch Pump Action

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A manually powered torch, made from die cast metal. The torch is powered by means of a lever action handle which is operated by squeezing with a spring return. It has a magnify in lens and the handle can be locked down when not in use.

Inscriptions & Markings

Japanses markings and Arabic Numerals. Possibly patent numbers 178061/188192/203357

Badge Replica - Commemorative Badge R.S.L.

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

This reproduction of the first R.S.L. Badge is a Limited Edition released as a commemorative badge cira 1980-1990

Inscriptions & Markings

The First R.S.L. Badge/ This specially crafted lapel badge is a/limited edition replica of the very first/ R.S.L. badge which decorated our soldiers/ and sailors returning from WW1/ This badge was worn with Pride from/ 1919-1926 by the founding members of/ the R.S.L., as they Returned Home to a Victorious Australia./ Right side of paper: Oceanic Life is proud to present this commemorative Badge to you, as a small/ token of our continuing commitment to/ the Men and Women who have served/ their country. Reverse Sise left: Symbol of Oceanic Life Ltd./ Right side: The Returned & Services League/ Commemorative Lapel Badge/ Circ 1919-1926

Certificate - Certificate of Interrogation Questionniares

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A small card sized certificate belonging to A.J. Roddy with type written fields completed in ink by the interrogating officer. There is type written information outlining the requirements for the card holder. Card was produced by M19 and interrogation by Intelligence Officer 14 May 1945.

Historical information

There is some information hidden by the hand written information on a card in the middle of the certificate.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top of Card Type Written in Capitals: CERTIFICATE IN RESPECT OF COMPLETION OF MI9 INTERROGATION QUESTIONNAIRE./Left hand side: CERTIFIED THAT/ NUMBER (in ink) VX8007 RANK (ink) DVR./Name & Initials in BLOCKS (ink) RODDY AJ/Unit (ink) AMN Coy AASC 6 Australian Div/ has completed MI9/ Date (ink) 14 May (Typed) 45/ The Centre of the card is covered with a hand written note that states:- On arrival in England/ spent the first whole/ day in interrogation/ many Nazis were picked up by this method./ A.I.S. (I.S.9), ink Signature L.E. Friend Capt/C.M.F. Intelligence Officer./ Note. This Certifivate MUST be carefully retained by the individual with whom/ it refers and MUST be/ produced to the appropriate authorities on request,/ whether in the Middle East, North Africa or the United Kingdom.

Hexamine Stove

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Light gauge metal folding stove using 25mm X 25mm X 10mm hexamine tablets as fuel. The stove folds up to hold a pack 0f hexamine tablets, it is gold in colour and designed to heat a mess tin in the field.

Historical information

Stove used in the field by individual soldiers for heating food and boiling water. The stoves were provided in individual ration packs and when folded up held a packet of hexamine tablets, the fuel used in the stove.

Letter - Letter from 815 Cpl William Carroll to his Aunt

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

This is a copy of a letter written by 815 Cpl William Carroll to his Aunt while he was hospitalised in Cairo. It is written on YMCA letterhead.

Historical information

This is part of a collection belonging to Sgt, William E. Carroll

Inscriptions & Markings

Top Left hand Corner: Patron/ YMCA National Council/ H.M. The King/ Patron /Military Camp Dept./ H.R.H. Duke of Connaught. Centre top: For God, For King & For Country/ YMCA Logo/ with the/ Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. (written through the logo)/ Right hand top corner: Committee/ for Egypt/and/the Near East./ Chairman/ H.E. Sir Henry McMahon Lower down page: Reply to No. 815 Coy D Bat 21st/ Dec 31st '16/ Stationed at/ Dear Aunt,/ I am at present a patient in the (??)/ General Hospital, Egypt, back again at Cairo. I/have a slight abcess on my lip and my neck was a/ bit swollen, but both are almost right now./ It's quite a relief to be away from the shot &/ shell, for a spell & to enjoy comfort and sunshine/ again after four months hardships in the trenches./ During the latter part of my stay at ANZAC, it/ was intensely cold, snow & ice galore & freezing/ cold winds. It's five days since I left the pen/insular; we were taken off in a small steamer/ to Lemnos & put aboard a fine hospital ship./ We arrived at Alexandria yesterday morning/ & came on here last night. My lip has been/ lanced & the swelling is disappearing fast./ I had many miraculuous escapes in the trench./ Once whilst observing over the sandbags a barage/ ventilated my hat. On another occasion when/ I was stiring the porridge a piece of shrapnel/ knocked over our breakfast into the fire. So I have/ a lot to be thankful for to be sure./Many of my comrades have gone and are buried in the/ churchyard in Shrapnell gully & more are away sick/ and wounded. I intended to cable to you for some money but I think I'll be able to make do/ of it, & we have all our wants attended to here./ Do you remembr Willy O'Leary of Mansfield?- He/ was killed near us in an attack some time ago./ Young Sgt. Roberts, my chum of Dookie & Broadmeadows/ was also sniped a few days before I left./ The war doesn't appear to be going too well, but/ I am sure time will tell, & we will eventually/ give the Germans a good belting. Just address/ my letters as usual, as I don't think I'll be here/ for long & if I am my mates will send them/ on. I gave them permission to keep any parcel/ you might forward on whilst I am away. It was/ awfully good of you to send the other thing along./ Hoping all are quite well./ I am/ Your Affectionate Nephew/ William E. Carroll. Cpl/

Cartoon - "Yer know, Blue, sometimes I sit back and wishes I was 'ome".

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Cartoon of soldiers in the trenches up to their waists in water wishing they were"ome". It shows the soldiers fully equipped, helmets, webbing, rifles with fixed bayonets. "Blue" was the nick name of A.J. Roddy owner of the cartoon.

Historical information

A.J. "Blue" Roddy was one of the people who set up the museum as it is today. Unfortunately the men didn't understand the need for records.

Inscriptions & Markings

signed Quincay// Cartoon quotation; "yer know Blue, sometimes I sits back and wishes I was 'ome'// (hand written) one of the boys left it under my pillow 1940

Framed Photograph - Portrait Sapper Thomas John Gange

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Reprint of original black and white studio portrait of man in Australian World War One Army uniform standing with swagger stick set against landscape background, photograph mounted in modern wood frame.Typed information on paper strip at bottom of frame, this information is written on back of photograph.

Historical information

Sapper Thomas John Gange served in the Australian Corps of Signals. He enlisted 10th April 1918 and was discharged 17th November 1919. More information found at http://mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au/list-enlist.aspx?enlist=Warracknabeal,%20VIC,%20Australia

Significance

This a reprint of an original photo, low significance

Inscriptions & Markings

"Typed information on paper strip at bottom of frame this information is also written on back of photograph.'55152 Sapper Thomas John Gange/ ACSC/ Enlisted 10th April 1918 Discharged 17th November 1919"

Certificate - Certificate of Discharge Bdr. J, Moore

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Photocopy of original Discharge Cetificate on grounds of medical unfitness

Historical information

Certificate of Discharge No 1272 rank; Bombadier Moore Joseph - Served Three years 331 days; Service Abroad - Three years 155 days. Medals Military Medal/ Discharged Keswick Barracks Adelaide./ Part of Framed display of Certificates for Joseph Moore

Inscriptions & Markings

top right hand corner: R10325/ Issued with Silver badge No 45908, signature of Secretary of State for War, 5th May 1919. Discharged: Medical unfitness due to gunshot wound right thigh whilst on active service.

Framed Document - Officers Mess Bill for Lieutenant I.A. O'Connell 2-27th Punjabis 1919

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

An original Mess Bill for the Officers Mess of the 2nd 27th Punjabis Regiment, 30th September 1919. Framed in a wooden frame with additional informayion on I.A. O'Donnell and family inside frame.

Historical information

Provides an itemised account of mess charges and credits, eg. credit Bridge winnings

Inscriptions & Markings

Full listing of bill, Signature and date of mess president

Copy of a letter - Letter to Walter West from W.H. Birdwood

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

copy of typed letter to Walter West from W.H. Birdwood

Historical information

Sent by W.H. Birdwood but no signature. This is another of 5 documents in a large frame called the West Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Top left corner: Copy. Top right Australian Imperial Force 130 Horseferry Road, Westminster, S.W.1 19th April, 1919 Dear West, I send you my heartiest congratulations on the award to you of the Military Cross, of which I have only now been informed; in recognition of your very good and gallant work in our operations at Montbregain on 5th October last. When your platoon was held up by heavy fire from a strong post, you most gallantly rushed forwatd alone, and bombing the position captures the gun and crew. Later, when your flank could not make progress owing to fire from a post containing two machine guns, you crawled round to the right, and rushed this post, which you captured with one of the guns, killing three and taking another three of the garrison prisoners. On your company commander becoming casualty, you took command, and consolidated the line with good judgment and ability. throughout you displayed courage, initiative and determination of a very high order. I am indeed pleased that your splendid work has been recognised in this way. with kindest regards and good wishes to you for the future. Yours sincerely. W. H. Birdwood

Japanese Sword

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A Japanese Officer's sword. Hasornate inlay of shell covered with flat braided cord. Flat braided strap with tassles -brown and blue- Top end of hilt is leather with gold guilt scrolling. Brass very ornate with lotus. Scabbard is steel with ornate decorations. Steel blade.

Historical information

Noted with Sword. This Japanese sword was received by 2/8th Australian Field Regiment at the surrender at Miri, Borneo in 1945. The Regiment served in the Middle East (1940-43) as part of the 9th Australian Division. It's final action was in Boreo, once again with 9th Division.

Copied Photos - The Amiens Gun

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Two copied photos of the Amiens Gun (seperate Frames) and a history of the Amiens Gun in seperate frame.

Historical information

This 11 inch (28) Railway Gun was captured by the AIF in front of Harbonnieres near Villers Bretonneaux on the 8th of August 1918. It was one of the Guns used by the Germans to shell Amiens from a distance of 15 miles (24km) in an endeavor to destroy the railway centre in the city. However the destruction of the city was prevented by the advance of Allied Troops on the morning of 8th August when 5 Australian, 4 Canadian, 4 British and 9 French Divisions broke the German Front before Amiens./ The Barrel of the Great Gun, 41 feet (12,5m) long and weighing more than 45tons (45-80 tonnes), is exhibited at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. More information can be found at www.Wikipedia/The Amiens Gun

Inscriptions & Markings

None on Photos, the history frame has a short history and "Presented by the Canberra Services Club 2003"

Telegram - Telegram to Lt. Frank William Tickle from Buckingham Palace

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Telegram sent to Lt. Frank William Tickle inviting him to Buckingham Palace from Lord Chamberlain, London.

Historical information

part of the Lt. Frank William Tickle Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Envelope inscription - No Charge for Delivery top left hand corner. Lt. Frank Tickle 1st T.B. Telegram -Across top - Post Office (British Emblem) Telegraphs Left hand side & across top - Office of Origin, OHMS, Buckingham Palace handed in at 6.45p, Received here at 10.30p. To Lt. Frank William Tickle 1st T, Bde. A.I.F. 8th B Message - Your attendance is required at Buckingham Palace on Thursday next the 20th Inst. at 10.20 ock am. Service Dress. Please telegram acknowledgment. Lord Chamberlain London Office Stamp top right hand corner - Sutton Way Camp 14 mr 19 War Minister

Pewter Tankard - The Australian Army Tankard

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Pewter drinking cup with ornate handle, Rising sun Badge with Queens Crown. Glass bottom. Tpered sides. Listing Captains and locations. From World War 1, World War 11,, Korea, Malaya and Vietnam

Historical information

There is no record of where this Tankard came from or who donated it.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Rising Sun Badge in Front centre. On Base serial No 0983, Makers markings, Other pewter markings

Certificate - Rank Promotion

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Official Royal Document Certificate possibly done by caligrapher in old English script,signed by King George V, and a signature which is not decipherable.

Historical information

This is another of the documents held within a frame 90.5cm X 66.5cm, covered by no-reflective glass of the Walter Thomas West Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top Left hand Corner: George R.I. (Signature of King George V). Main Face of Certificate: 13 George, by the Grace of God of the united Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the seas. King Defender of the Faith Emporer of India etc. To our Trusty and well Beloved Walter Thomas West MM Greetings We reposing a special trust and confidence in your Loyalty, Courage and good conduct do by these presents constitute and appoint you to be an Officer in our land forces from the twenty - ninth day of November 1917. You are therefore carefully and diigently to discharge your duty as such in the Rank of Second Lieutenant or in such a higher Rank as we may from time to time hereafter be pleased to promote or Appoint you to, of which notification will be made in the London Gazette, and you are at all times to exercise and well discipline in arms both the inferior Officers and men serving under you and use your best endeavours to keep them in good order and disipline. And we do hereby command them to obey you as their superior Officer and you to observe and follow such orders and directions as from time to time you shall receive from us or any of your superior Officers according to the rules and discipline of war in persuance of the trust here by reposed in you. Given at our court at Saint James's the Third Day of May 1918 in the eighth year of our reign. By His Majesty's Command Signature Undecipheral Bottom Left hand corner Walter West MM Second Lieutenant Land Forces

Badge - Rising Sun lapel/hat badge

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Smaller style rising sun hat badge or lapel badge that belonged to Lt. Frank William Tickle

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces

Non Escape Pledge

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

paper document backed on cardboard of a pledge form for allied POW's not to escape. This is a copy and larger than the original.

Inscriptions & Markings

No T113,. I, the undersigned, hereby solemnly swear on my honour that I will not, under any circumstances, attempt to escape. Signed Dated At Nationality Rank or position

Hat Badge - Hat Badge Royal Irish Rifles WW1

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

This Royal Irish Rifles Hat badge appears to be a Pewter type alloy with brass clip. At top a Crown. Centre is harp shaped. Left side of harp has the figure of a siren her wings join to the right side of the harp which is a bar? adorned with raised decor. Bottom is a scroll with the lettering- Qius Separabit.

Historical information

The Royal Irish Rifles was a British Army Infantry Regiment. It dates back to the reign of King George 111. In 1793 the British Army raised 2 new Regiments to meet the commitmentd of the war with the French First Republic. In 1881 under the Childers Reforms these 2 regiments were amalgamated to form the Royal Irish Rifles,it saw service in the Second Boer War, Great War. In 1921 it was renamed the Royal Ulster Rifles. Quis Separabit = "Who shall seperate us" (Latin) In 1968 under reforms of the army, was amalgamated with The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Irish Fusiliers to form the Royal Irish Rangers. More information on this Regiment can be found on Wikipedia under Royal Ulster Rifles

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Crown Harp -Siren on left, wings joining to the right side with raised decor Scroll has - Quis Serarabit

Framed Photograph - Surrender of Japanese at Balikpapan

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Framed photograph (copy) of Japanese Commanders surrendering at Balikpapan. Black frame and glass covered. The Japanese Command staff with a Japanese general and aid-d-camp (Captian)carring his breif case along with other staff members. In the background here are 2 American PT boats with American naval personal .Note American flag flying in the top left corner. There are several American landing craft next to a Japanese landing barge. The Japanese landing bardge has the required surrender markings which is a green square with a white cross on top right of photo. The Australian soldier following the Japanese soldiers is wearing slouch hat and gungle green uniform. Along the docks are native workers.

Historical information

Japanese Commanders crossing a pontoon bridge under guard by Australian soldier on the way to the official surrender of Japanese forces in Balikpapan in (Dutch East Indies) Indonesia 1945. This was a major event in the ending of World War 2. Following the japanese surrender the Local population began it push for independance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Paper discription on lower photograph with details of item description, where photo obtained from and donated by.

Shaving Mirror - Steel Shaving mirror and Case

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Stainless steel shaving mirror, bottom section damaged heavily on lower end.Case is canvas and leatherette, stitched om two sides, stitching going. Both mirror and case damaged from bullet.

Historical information

This is part of the F. W. Tickle Collection. Case and mirror has bullet damage

Inscriptions & Markings

On Case: 'Gift from the /Australian/Comforts Fund'

Newspaper Photos - Newspaper clipping of photos of soldier WW11

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Newpaper photographs of 10 Victorian soldiers either missing or Prisoners, with names, rank, hometown, and whether prisoner or listed as missing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photos Top Left to right: (.1)Sgt N.T.R. Cox/ Caulfield/(missing)/ (.2)Dvr. A.H. Henderson/ (Prisoner)/ (.3)Pte. G.T. Bennett/ P/Melb/ (Believed Prisoner)/(.4) Cpl. K.D. Bishop/Thornbury/(missing)/ (.5) Pte A.S. Cook/Mansfield/(missing)/ 2nd Row Left to right(.6) Sgt. N.W.B. Pike/ Elsternwick/ (missing)/ (.7) Pte. P.M.Turner/ Kerang/ (prisoner)/ (.8) Cpl. L. Chappell/ Windsor/(missing)/ (.9) Pte. J.R. Condliffe / Kangaroo Flat/ (missing)/ (.10)Pte. L.G. Payne/Frankston/ (missing)

Certificate - Despatch Notice

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Photocopy of original certificate of despatch

Historical information

Is one of 4 certificates framed together in a frame 55cm W x 55cm H belonging to Bdr. Joesph Moore.

Inscriptions & Markings

The War of 1914-1918/ Australian Imperial Force/ 1272 Gnr. (A.Bomdr.) J. Moore, 51st By Field Artilery./ was mentioned in a despatch from/Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. KT., G.C.B., G.C.V.O., K.C.J.E./ dated 7th April 1918/ for gallant and distinguished services in the Field/ I have it in Command from the King to record His Majesty's/ high aprreciation of the services rendered. (indecipherable signature)/ Secretary of State for War.

Photo - Group of troops including Sgt, Wiiliam Carroll 815 in Europe

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Black and white photo of Australian troops in Europe during the Great War. Sgt Carroll is on the far left front row as you view the photo and marked with a x at his feet.

Historical information

This photo is part of a collection of Sgt. William Carroll.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Framed Photo - WW1 Photo of Troops (Copy)

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

This photo copy is in a black wooden frame and is of troops sitting in front of the Sphynx in Egypt. Figures can also be seen climbing the Sphynx.

Historical information

There is no record of owner, donor, or who the troops in the photo are.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written under the photo - Copy by Mildura Studios

Framed Photograph - Portrait of Lt. Frank William Tickle

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Enlarged copy of a casual portrait of Lt. Frank William Tickle. It is an outdoor casual photo taken in an encampment. He is in uniform holding a pipe. Background shows tents, guy wires, leather satchell and camp chair. It is in a modern brown wooden frame. The photo is on paper made in Germany.

Certificate - Special Tabacco Ration for Ex-Service personnel

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Consummers copy of rationing certificate for tabacco to Ex-Service personnel

Historical information

Part of a collection for Thomas Henry Anderson VX 34767

Inscriptions & Markings

Consumer's Copy/ National Security (Tabacco Rationing) Regulations 1942/ Specil Tabacco Ration for Ex-Service personnel/ Surname Anderson Christian Names: Thomas Henry/ Address: P.O. Red Cliffs/ Male or Female/ Service Number: VX 34767/ Identity Card No/ R(unreadable) No./ Monthly Quota Selected- Cigarettes... 8oz Tabacco/ see details on other side/Nominated Retailer x Stracos..(Unreadable)..P/L/ John..L (unreadable) & Co/ (to be filled in bt retailer)/ Quota to operate on and from ....../ National Security (Tabacco Rationing) Regulations 1942/ I declare that I am a genuine smoker, that all supplies to be/ drawn as above are for my own personal use/ and that I have no other source of supply./ ...... signature of Applicant/ c.812/9.45-c.5491/ Authorized by (faded Signature)/ Chairman, Tabacco Distribution Committee/ Place Melle Ror Date: 20 Feb 1946 (More details on back of sheet but it is glused to a board)

Certificate - Commendation Military Medal Award

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Photocopy of original certificate for Military Medal award to No 1272 Gunner J. Moore

Historical information

Contained in a frame with 3 other certificates associated to J. Moore

Inscriptions & Markings

Coat of Arms on Top of page/ dated 8th June 1918/ To No1272 Gunner (a/Bombadier) J. Moore, Australian Field Artillery. I congratulate you on the gallant act by which you have won the Military Medal./Rawlinsom, Commanding Fourth Army.

POW Camp Money - POW One Lira Camp Money WW11

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Low Grade paper with printed information, camp commanders signature. For use in in Italian Prisoner of War Camp No 106

Historical information

Part of a collection of POW items by VX 8007 A.J. Roddy, AMMO Coy, A.A.S.C., 6 Division. POW in Greece Campaign

Inscriptions & Markings

Campo P.G. No106. PM 3100. No 2696. Buono per L. Una. Il Comandante. Vale solo presso lo spaccio del campo

Bandage

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Triangular shaped bandage of calico material with multiple printed diagrams showing how to use item. Indicates base edge as well as sides and point

Historical information

Bandage used by Maggie Walker while attending First Aid Training during World War One approximately 1916 while her fiance Thomas Bishop was serving overseas. They married after the war. This bandage remained in the Bishop family for many years and was treasured. This would have been fairly standard equipment in first aid training. Probably had an associated instruction card that explained the numbers on each method of using the bandage as printed on the bandage.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on top point the St John Ambulance Association Star "THE ST JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION" "M.W." written in permanent pen on edge

Discharge Paper WW1 - Copy of WW1 Discharge Paper in cover

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Copy a the Discharge paper of Pte2 James Roddy, Royal Irish Rifles & Royal Flying Corps RAF 7-1-1915 to Dec 1921 and Cover

Historical information

This is a part of the A.J. Roddy Collection. The Family have glued a piece on the envelope which says, "Dad's Discharge Paper/ Royal Irish Rifles & Royal Flying Corps./ 7-1-1915 to Dec 1921.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: Cover for Certificates/ and other Documents of a/ soldier on Demobilization or Transfer to the Reseve/ or Discharge.// Front of Paper: Top right: Form 2067/ Royal Air Force/ Serial No/ Character Certificate of No 133458/ Rank Pte2 Name Roddy James/ Royal Flying Corp (Regiment (crossed out))/ Born in the Parish of / near the Town of South in the / County of ......... on the / Date 11.7.1897/ Trade as stated by him on Enlistment Postman/ 2 parallel lines/ * Description on Leaving the Colours/ Heoght 5ft 6in. Identification Marks:-/ Complexion Fresh Scar above 1st Lumbar/ Eyes Grey. Vertibrae/ Hair Brown/ Signature of Soldier/ (was signed J. Roddy/ * To prevent impersonation/ In the event of any doubt arising as to the bona fidis of the/ bearer, the above description and signature should be carefully compared with present appearance and hand writing. (16:957) WT 3183C/1875 5m.17/18. P&P Ltd/ Photostat copy of Original Opening the paper inside: The character here given is based on continous records of the holder's conduct and / employment throughout his Military Career./ This is to Certify that No 133458 Rank Pte2 Name Roddy James/ has served with the colours in the Royal Irish Rifles & Royal Flying Corps for 3 83/365 years. 1915-18/ Serving in the Royal Flying Corps as a Batman, and during/ the whole of this period carrying out his duites in a/ satisfactory manner/ There is no record of him having incurred any service/ entries on his conduct sheet during this period./ for service in the R.A.F. see form 280/ Signature ..... Squadron Leader/ Date December 1921 Commanding R.A.F. Records Ruislip/ If further particulars as to his character and record of service are required within three years of above date, apply to/ where he is registered for Civil Employment,/ afterwards to the Officer in Charge of Records./ * This space is intended to be filled in by any organisation which has registered the man's name and is prepared to/ supply further information.// Back of paper: Particulars of Service/ Date of Enlistement 7.1.15/ Preceeded on Furlough pending Transfer to the Army/ Reserve, or Discharge on... passed medically fit for the Army Reserve on/ Due for Final Discharge on../ Cause of Transfer or Discharge - Transferred to R.A.F. 1-4-18. under the provisions of the/ Air Force (Constitution) Act Oct. 1917./ Campaigns, Medals and Decorations/ France from 15.6.15 to 3.12.16/ 1914-15 Star, British War & Victory/ Medals. /Education and other Certificates and dates/

Razor - Service Shaving Razor WW11

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Aluminium & steel Service razor -No Blade. Handle finshed in knurling

Historical information

Razor is part of the A.J. Roddy Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

A.S.& Co R45

Handkerchief

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Linen Handkerchief on which many of the Prisoners of War of the Japanese signed and recorded their unit identity.

Historical information

A Note with the Handkerchief. A relic of Nakompaton This frame contains a linen handkerchief on which many of the prisoners of war of the Japanese have signes and recorded their unit identity

Inscriptions & Markings

Many signatures of soldiers including "Edward Weary Dunlop"

Document - Obituary

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Type written obituary, presumably used when Walter West,MC,MM, died.

Historical information

Attached to his R.S.L. Membership Card along with the funeral notice, is a subsequent newspaper article written at the time of Walter West's death, which reads: Death of Pioneer Settler/ A pioneer settler of/ the Red Cliffs irigation/ district and one of the/ last men to be evacuated/ from Gallipoli, died sud/denly on Saturday night/ aged 84./ In 1922 Mr. Watler Thomas/ West came to Red Cliffs/ where he established Block/ 86 in the irrigation district./ He lived there until his/ death on Saturday after playing bowls at the Red/ Cliffs rinks on Saturday/ afternoon./ Mr. West was born in Jeparit and served with the/ 24th Battalion in Egypt and/ Gallipoli./ He was awarded the Mili/tary Medal in France in/ 1917 and the Military Cross/ in 1918 when he captured/ single handed an enemy/ machine gun post./ He settled at Red Cliffs/ on his return when the/ area was placed under irri-/gation./ For 25 years he operated/ a unique partnership with/ the late Mr. Martin Nippe, his adjoining property/ owner. The pair pooled their/ horticultural equipment for/ joint use./ Mr. West joined Mildura/ Legacy in 1942 and was an/ active member until his/ death./ The funeral will be held at the United Church, Red/ Cliffs this morning at 10.30

Inscriptions & Markings

Walter West MC,MM/ Red Cliffs residents were saddened to learn of the sudden passing on Saturday last/ of Walter Thomas West MC,MM., a Pioneer/settler and well respected citizen./ "Wal" as he was affectionately known, was/ born at Dandenong some 84years ago./ He served with distinction in World War 1/ with 24th Battalion. He was an original ANZAC, and also saw service in/ Egypt and France. He received two awards for gallantry in the field - The Military/ Medal in France 1917 and the Military Cross in France/ in 1918 when he was responsible for the/ single handed capture of an enemy gun and crew./ He was an original soldier settler and developed/ his fruit block in Red Cliffs which is still/ operated by his son Tom. In 1922 he/ became an original Trustie of the Methodist/Church and was the last surviving original/ Trustie. He served on the Board of/ directors of the Red Cliffs Co-Operative Co.Ltd/ from 1954 to 1967, and was Chairman of Directors/ in 1963 and 1964. He showed a keen interest/ in youth activities and some excellent cricketers/ were produced as a result of his coaching of/ the Methodist Junior Cricket Team. He was an/ active and keen member of Mildura Legacy/ for 34 years, serving as President in 1947 and 1948./ He was secretary of the Cemetary Trust for many years, served on the Hospital Committee/ was a member of Memorial Lodge, a member of Red Cliffs Senior Citizens Club and a /member of Red Cliffs Sub-Branch R.S.L. since / it's inception./ He was a keen member of the Red Cliffs/ Bowling Club and took part in a club event on/ the day of his passing./ It was the pioneer settler and men with ability/ and initiative of Walter West that brought/ out the Community Spirit which resulted in/ the Red Cliffs we know today.

Wallet - Leather Wallet

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A leather wallet (possibly Emu hide), which was presented to A.J. Roddy, by Archie McNabb, for the Chamber of Commerce, Roxy Theatre, Red Cliffs 1940.

Historical information

Wallets like these were presented to the men leaving to join the Services or before leaving Australian shores, by Firms and individuals in the community

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Pack 1908 - Pack, Field, Large, 1908 Patern, RAAF

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A large pack, model 1908 made of woven cotton webbing, with 2 inner closing flaps with grommets for closing with string. The outer flap has two web straps with brass ends secures by two grommets. Two removable shoulder straps (not matching) two fixed brass C clips for securing extention straps.

Historical information

1 x extension strap marked M.W.85 Ltd 1942 found in bottom of pack This is part of Anderson uniforn collection including pants, jacket, shirt, tie, side cap, and small pack.

Inscriptions & Markings

156725, LAC Anderson, T.A.J. RAAF Terence Aloysius Joseph

Telegram - Telegram from Minister for the Army to Mrs. Roddy

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A hand written telegram from the Minister for the Army to Mrs. J. Roddy to inform her of the capture of VX8007 A.J. Roddy

Inscriptions & Markings

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA POSTMASTER GENERAL's DEPARTMENT/ RECIEVED TELEGRAM/ Typed section of Telgram: FUNDS MAYBE QUICKLY, SAFELY AND/ECONOMICLY TRANSFERRED BY/ MONEY ORDER TELEGRAM/ PLEASE TURN OVER./ RECIEVED TELEGRAM./ The first line of this Telegram contains the following/ particulars in the order named/ Office of Origin, Words, Time Lodged, No/ (hand written)Melbourne, 36/1, 9a, 12 , 2./ Top right hand corner: T.G. 42 (not stamped)/Office Date Stamp/sent at...../Ch'nl No..../ By ....(all of which have no markings)/ Mid Document: Remarks. This message has been recieved subject to the/post and telegraph act/ and regulations./ The time received at this office is shown at the end of this message./The date stamp indicates the date both of lodgement and of reception/ inless otherwise shown after the particulars/ of the time lodged.// Beside this is: TO (hand written) Postal acknowledgement/ Personal/ Mrs. J. Roddy 20 Emily St/Merbein 6365.// Under this handwrittten in ink: Distre 1319 To inform you that/ VX8007 A J Roddy Previously/ reported missing is now reported/ Prisoner of War Interned Carinthia/ Minister for the Army/ 9.25

Replica Medals - WW1 & WW11 Medals Awarded to Nathaniel Barclay

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

WW1 - Distinguished Conduct Medal 1914/15 Star 1914/18 British War Medal Victory Medal WW11 - 1939/45 British War Medal Australian Service Medal 1939/45 All medals with associated coloured ribbons. These are replica medals made in the exact metals as the originals. Also in display is a record of War Service which can be found in the narrative.

Historical information

Born 5th October 1895 in Adavoyle, United Kindom Occupation Grocer and later horticulturalist Married after WW1- Wife - Daisy Florence Barclay World War One Staff Sergeant Regimental Number 2139 Enlisted AIF in Melbourne 29th December 1914, having previously served 3 months with the Ulster Volunteers and to camp Broadmeadows, to depot Battalion 29th December 1914. Embarked from Melbourne for the middle East with 3rd reinforcement group for the 5th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 25th February 1915 per transport 'Runic'. Disembarked Alexandria and to camp Heliopolis, Egypt. Operation Gallipoli from 5th May 1915 with 5th Battalion. Sick with dental problems 2nd Field Ambulance 17th September 1915. To hospital Lemnos 20th December 1915. To Alexandria hospital with pluerisy 12th January 1916. Returned to Australia with enteric per 'Nestor' 9th February 1916.To duty Broadmeadows 4th April 1916. Wmbarked with 4th reinforcements group for the 58th Battalion, 15th Brigade per transport 'Themistocles' 1st August 1916 Returned to England 14th September 1916. Operations France and Flanders from 6th December 1916. To 59th Battalion 29th December 1916. To 5th Division Infantry School 18th February to 28th March 1917 as Lance Corporal. Corporal 7th April 1917. Sergeant 2nd May 1917. To 3rd Southern General Hospital Oxford 4th October 1917. Returned to Melbourne per Transport 'Persic' 12th February 1918. Discharged 14th March 1918. Second World War. Regimental Number V5571 Emlisted in the Australian Military Forces in Royal Park, Melbourne 22nd August 1940 and to 2nd Infantry Training Battalion, Fyansford. Staff Sergeant 24th August 1940. To 2/14th Training Battalion Wangaratta 11th October 1940. To 2/23rd Training Battalion, Wangaratta 18th October, 1940.To Southern Command Training School 26th May 1941.to Camp Bonegilla 15th May 1942. To Camp Caulfield 11th November 1942. Discharged to Reserve Occupation 19th November 1942. Remarks. Awarded 1915-15 Star, British War Medal, and Victory Medal 1914-1919 Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal as Lance Corporal vide London Gazette 30111 of 31st July 1918. Citation for action on 9th July 1917 during the third Battle of Ypres reads- " For conspicous gallantry and devotion to duty. He rendered invaluable service during operation in carrying important messsages through heavy fire" Awarded War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45 in 1951. Described as 71.5inches tall, medium complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He died 11th September 1962.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Certificate - Certificate of Promotion in Rank

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Official Australian Government Certificate.Possibly written in old English script and carries the Royal Seal.

Historical information

This certificate and 5 other documents from the Walter Thomas West Collection, are in a frame 90.40cm x 66.50cm, which has non reflecting glass.

Inscriptions & Markings

Main face of Certificate. "His Excellency the Right Honorable Henry William Baron Forster a member of his Majesty's Most Honorable Privy Council Knight Grand Cross of the most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Governor General and Commander In Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia. To Walter Thomas West Greeting: By virtue of the provisions of the Defence Act 1903 - 1918 and of all the other powers me enabling I, Henry William Baron Forster, the Goveneror General a foresaid acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, do gereby appoint you to be an officer of the Military Forces of the Defence Force of the Commonwealth from the First Day of January 1920. And I direct you diligently to discharge your duty as such officer in the rank of Lieutenant or in any higher rank to which the Governor General is pleased to promote or appoint you. Given under my hand and the seal of the Commonwealth this first day of October One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty Three. By the Excellency's Command. (signed) E.K. Bowden" Left Hand side Margin: Entered on record by me, in Register of Patents No 40 Page 2 this 5th day of December, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty Three.

Ammunition Box

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Wooden ammunition box with rope and timber carry handles. 2 u shaped metal closing clips secured by a split pin. The wood lid is hinged with 2 webbing strips. The inside has yellow felt padding and provision for wood dividers (missing)

Inscriptions & Markings

upper side of box has "S8" embossed. No other markings

Framed Photograph - Sargent W.T. West 24th Battlion A.I.F. 1914-1918

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A framed balck and white photograph of Sargent W.T. West, cleaning his rifle infront of his tent, the photo clearly shows his rank insignis and uniform and hat details, as well as his Lee Enfield rifle.

Historical information

A plaque beside the photograph tells us it was taken on Hill 60, Galipolli. It also states that Sargent West returned with a seed from pines at Lone Pine and from that seed the Pine at the Cenotaph in Barclay Square Red Cliffs grew.

Brass Statue - Brass Australian WW11 Soldier

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A brass cast Australian Soldier in jungle equipment with Owen Gun, slouch hat, dog tags, basic 37 patern webbing, short and boots.

Historical information

No-one at currently at Red Cliffs Military Museum knows Mrs Mihan. but are trying to rectify this.

Inscriptions & Markings

No makers mark

Cushion Cover - Cushion Cover from WW1

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A framed embroidered cushion cover from WW1. Sent or brought home by Lt. Jack Hughes. Contained within the same frame is a paper clipping and a photo.

Historical information

John Hughes was Awarded the Military Medal: "for conspicuous good work during operations at/ GIRD TRENCH, near LE SARS, on 14.11.1916./ This N.C.O. was in charge of a party of men engaged in digging a communication trench from/ our jumping off trench to the newly captured GIRD TRENCH. He displayed great courage and coolness under very heavy fire, and his personal efforts were mainly responsible for the completion of the task allotted to his party."// Service number: 3044 Rank: Lance Sergeant Unit: 2nd Pnr Bn Service: Army Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918 Award: Military Medal Date of London Gazette: 22 January 1917 Location in London Gazette: Page 836, position 34 Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 29 June 1917 Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: Page 1395, position 37

Inscriptions & Markings

1.Cushion cover: from the top down- Egypt.... 1914/ Rising Sun/ scrolls with Australian Commonwealth/ Military Forces/ Aust Div Train/ Palestine Sinai Syria/1919. 2.Newpaper clipping with photo: John Hughes (left) 81, and Hugh Mont/gomery, 87, are the two oldest veterans who/ will be taking part in the Frankston ANZAC/ Day March on Tuesday. Mr Hughes served/ in France and Belgium in WW1 and/ in Darwin in the Second World War. He is a/ holder of the Military Medal./ Mr. Montgomery served with the 29th Bat/talion AIF in France during WW1/ Both men have been residents of the RSL park War Veterans Home for the past eight years.// 3. Photo: Mr. John Hughes.

Paper Ticket - Leave Pass Ticket WW11

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A large paper ticket - Leave Pass belonging to A.J. Roddy, showing details of recipient and issuing officer.

Historical information

This Leave Pass ticket is part of the A.J. Roddy Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Across the top of the ticket are numbers 1-31 in boxes that could be punched or marked./ Printed on the ticket, Left hand side: AAF A96/Revised/April 1943. In the centre beside this is: Australian/ Military Forces. On the right side in big Print: LEAVE PASS B8578067 Below all of this: LEAVE OF ABSENCE (with permission to proceed to below)MENTIONED/ DESTINATION HAS BEEN GRANTED TO:-/ ARMY NO. RANK NAME FROM TO/ Hand written under above headings; VX8007 Pvt. Roddy AJ, 1600hrs (& Under this) 7/9/45. Under To: 0700hrs Under this; 8/9/45/ Destination Unit Stamp/ Stamp (Metro Area)/Signature & Rank (indecipherable) PLACE.....

Certificate - Commendation notice for Military Medal

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Photocopy of original dispatch notice for Military Medal to No 1272 BDR J. Moore, 13th F.A.B.

Historical information

Associated with BDR. Joseph Moore grouped framed certificates

Inscriptions & Markings

No 1272, BDR. J. Moore, 13th F.A.B./ On 24th April, 1918 whilst the 51st Battery was/ in acrion N.E. of Cordie it was subjected to a very heavy hostile/ bombardment of H.E. and gas shells. This N.C.O.'s duries as a/ specialist required the maintenance of communications between the/ Battery an C.P. The line was frequently cut and required several/ trips, all of which took some considerable time. The whole area/ was very heavily shelled as was the vicinity of the C.P. and this/ N.C.O.'s tasks were performed under heavy shell fire ar great/ personel risk. Throughout the periods Bdr. Moore displayed great/ coolness and total disregard of personal danger thus setting a/ splendid example

Certificate - Instrument of Surrender

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A copy of the Japanese Surrender Document, in a brown wooden frame, with ornate font in heading.

Historical information

Copy of a very important document of an event on the 6th September 1945, that changed the course of the second World War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Instrument of Surrender / of /Japanese Forces in New Guinea, New Britain,/ New Ireland, Bougainville / and adjacent Islands./ I, the commander in Chief of the Japanese Imperial/ Southeastern Army, hereby surrender to the General Officer/ Commanding First Australian Army all Japanese Imperial Armed Forces/ under my command in accordance with the instrument of/ Surrender issued by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters and Government and// General Order No1 Military and Naval issued by the Japanese Imperial Headquarters./ I will henceforth and until otherwise/ directed by you or your successor carrry out the orders/ issued by you or your staff on your behalf to the best/ of my ability and I will take action to ensure that my/ subordinate commanders carry out the orders issued by/ your representatives./ (Japanese signature) General, Imperial jap... (indecipherable)/ Japanese Characters / Japanese Characters / Commander in Chief/ Japanese Imperial Southern Army/ Received on board H.M.S. Glory of Rabaul at/ 1130 hours sixth day of September 1945./ Signature Lieutenant General/ General Officer Commanding / First Australia Army. Caption on front of Document says "Copy of Surrender Document/ Donated by Mr. Clive Morgan/ of Mildura (formerly of Red Cliffs)

Document - Life history of Sgt. William Carroll

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A brief written life history from birth to death of William Carroll service Number 815. As written by a member of Red Cliffs R.S.L. in consultation with the family.

Historical information

This short history is in a display of photos and a copy of a letter written home by Sgt Carroll to his Aunt.

Inscriptions & Markings

Born in Wangaratta in 1891, was a drover and boundary rider in Queensland when enlisted.Sgt. Carroll was one of the original members of the 21st Battalion, 6th Brigade, 1st AIF, which was formed at Broadmeadows early 1915. The battalion embarked from Melbourne on the Uylsses on the 8th May 1915 enroute to the Middle East. Saw action Middle East> Gallipoli>Middle East to reform and reorganise > Western Front> Somme> Bullecourt> Ypres> Somme> Mont St. Quentin> Villiers Bretonneux> Hamel Mutiny./ Sgt. Carroll was twice wounded in action (at Fluers and Broondseinde)and was recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal, with a Sgt Cozens (No 825 also original member, on the 15th September 1916, for exceptional zeal in the performance of their duties and coolness in action, which had a great affect on the moral of their mem. He was discharged medically unfit with gun wounds to his left knee and back. Of the full Battalion strength of the original Officers and men, there were 16 Officers and 24 Or's left. 21st Battalion left buried on foreign soil 47 Officers and 827 Or's. It was the highest decorated Battalion of the 6th Brigade. Listed are some of the Battles and Misfortunes that Sgt. Carrol survived to return to Australia. Torpedoed on the troop ship Southland enroute to Gallipoli 1915;/ First Australian troops to Garrison Cairo; First Australian Infantry Unit into line in France; Last out of the line; Staging a successful mutiny; 21st Battalion was disbanded in 1918. Sgt. Carroll was given block 276 Red Cliffs, he sold his block in 1982. He was interested in Community affairs and was involved in ADFA, RSL, Mildura Club, and Mildura Show Society and was the third last Red Cliffs Soldier Settler to die. He was in his 100th year.

Portrait - Pen & Ink Portrait

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A pen & Ink portrait of Nathaniel Barclay executed by A.F. Crouch 1952. It is in a glass fronted brown wooden frame. Signed bt A.F. Crouch 1952

Inscriptions & Markings

Nathaniel Barclay; DCM; MLA/Life member of the Red Cliffs Sub-Branch R.S.S.A.I.L.A./ Past president 1938-39-40-41-44-45-46./ Presented by A.F. Crouch