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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.

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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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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)

Enamel Badge - Original R.S.L. lapel Badge

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A lapel badge of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia. Very similar in shape to current R.S.L. Badge but twice the size, provision is made at the top of the badge for a crown clip (removable) with a date showing membership year. Blue, white and red enamel on brass.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sailors and Soldiers League Australia

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.

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

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.

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

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

Framed Photograph - Lieutenant W.T. West, MM, MC.

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A framed black and white photgraph of Lieutenant West in dress uniform, showing Unit Insignia (colour Flash) service ribbons.

Historical information

1789 Corporal Walter Thomas West was recommended for Military Medal 13th May 1917. Citation: For conspicous gallantry in action at the Hindenburg Line on 3rd May 1917. When he attacked with few bob=mbers an enemy post using MG fire against the right brigade. Having taken up the post he moved down the first trench and with 6 men engaged an enemy party who were resisting the 2nd attack of the tight brigade. Recommended by GOC 6th Australian Infantry Brigade. Lieutenant Walter Thomas West was recommended for MC 21st Ocrober 1918. Citation: During the attack on Montebrehain, east of Peronne on 5th Ocober, 1918, Lt West acted in a skilful and courageous manner when his platoon was held up by an enemy strong post, he rushed forward alone under heavy machine gun fire, threw a bomb at the post and captured the gun and crew of three. Later his flank was being held up by a strong post manned by the German guns in cemetary. Lt. West crawled round to the right and rushed the post. One ran he killed 3 of the nemy and took 3 prisoners. The men in the other post ran off with their gun and so escaped. Throughout the day he led his platoon with skil and when the company commander was killed assumed charge and supervised the consolidation of the line with great activity and courage.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo clearly shows unit insignia, ranks pips, service and valour ribbons.

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)

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

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.....

Japanese Sword

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Japanese NCO Army sword has ornate cast alloy and brass hilt which has 3 small Lotus flowers. Steel blade and metal sheath

Historical information

Notes 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 Borneo, once again with 9th Division.

Inscriptions & Markings

Number on Blade 136088

Framed Letter - Citation for Military Cross

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Letter in brown wooden frame with the Battalion colour patch attached to wooden surround under the glass.The letter has the Commonwealth of Australia emblem on the top of the page and was issued by the Department of Defence on the 17th September 1918, to notify Lieutenant F.W. Tickle's father the he had been awarded the Military Cross. It also has the citation for which the Military Cross was awarded. The paper backing on the frame is detiorating.

Historical information

This letter was sent to Mr. Frank Tickle Esquire in Warracknabeal, in Victoria, to inform him that his son Lieutenant Frank William Tickle,M.C. 8th Battaslion, had been awarded the Military Cross. With reference to the award conferred as announced in the London Gazette dated 26th November, 1917. "For conpicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. He led his company throughout with such fearless disregard of danger as to inspire his men to great effort. When they came under heavy shell fire he halted his men in shell holes, and went out to a flank and engaged the enemy with a machine gun. During the fight for the final objective he was again heavily opposed by a machine gun. He led his men forward with great gallantry and personally killed the entire gun crew and successfully captured the position. He set a splendid example of courage and determination."

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/

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'

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

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.

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

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.

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"

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

Framed Photo - Barclay Memorial Sculpture

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A framed photo of a Memorial Sculpture to honour Nathaniel Barclay, which is located in Barclay Square, Red Cliffs. The sculpture was designed by Heather McClumpha, a student of Red Cliffs High School 1965. The phot is in an ornate scrolled (scrolling made from plaster of paris) frame which is slightly damaged.

Historical information

Heather McClumpha is now Mrs. Newton Hunt

Inscriptions & Markings

Top: The Barclay Memorial/ Barclay Square. Under photo: To honour Cr. Nathaniel Barclay, DCM, MLA, J.P.,/ Designed by Heather McClumpha,/ a student of Red Cliffs High School, 1965.

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

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/

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

Framed Photo - Photo of 2nd Brigade Artillery - Mena 1915

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

An original Photo of the 2nd Brigade Artillery with Pyarmids in the background.

Historical information

On the back of the frame is written:/ 2nd Brigade Artillery (18 PDRS) / Mena- Prior to Peninsular/ Landing 1915/ per favour - George Moore.

Inscriptions & Markings

None on photo

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.

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

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