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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

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1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria 3677 (map)
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Monday - Thursday: 10.00 - 22.00 Friday - Saturday: 10.00 - 00.00 Sunday: 10.30 - 22.00

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1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

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Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of 4 unknown soldiers sitting on the ground.

Historical information

In July 1940, the 2/24th Battalion was formed in Wangaratta. On the 27th September, after weeks of hard training the Battalion marched out to Bonegilla to continue training prior to overseas deployment to the Middle East in November, 1940. This image depicts soldiers resting during the 60 mile march.

Significance

The 2/24th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army, which served during World War II .A unit of all-volunteers, it was formed in July 1940 from primarily Victorian volunteers and was known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. It served in North Africa in 1941–1942 as part of the 26th Brigade, which was assigned to the 7th Division, before being reassigned to the 9th Division. In early 1943, the battalion returned to Australia and later took part in campaigns against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–1944 and Borneo in 1945, before being disbanded in 1946. The 2/24th suffered the highest number of casualties of any 2nd AIF infantry battalion. The Unit was granted the Freedom of the City by the Rural City of Wangaratta in 1990 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Resting enroute to Bonegilla

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph of group of 3 unknown soldiers wearing shorts and hard helmets standing in front of corrugated iron clad building

Historical information

Image relates to the 2/24th Battalion however Iocation and identities of soldiers are unknown.

Significance

The 2/24th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army, which served during World War II .A unit of all-volunteers, it was formed in July 1940 from primarily Victorian volunteers and was known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. It served in North Africa in 1941–1942 as part of the 26th Brigade, which was assigned to the 7th Division, before being reassigned to the 9th Division. In early 1943, the battalion returned to Australia and later took part in campaigns against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–1944 and Borneo in 1945, before being disbanded in 1946. The 2/24th suffered the highest number of casualties of any 2nd AIF infantry battalion. The Unit was granted the Freedom of the City by the Rural City of Wangaratta in 1990 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph of japanese officer standing before sword on table

Historical information

OFF SAMARINDA, BORNEO. 1945-09-08. SIGNING OF THE INSTRUMENT OF SURRENDER OF THE JAPANESE FORCES IN DUTCH BORNEO ON THE QUARTERDECK OF THE FRIGATE HMAS BURDEKIN. ON THE TABLE IS THE SWORD OF THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE JAPANESE FORCES VICE ADMIRAL KAMADA.

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with green coloured sketch of soldier holding a rifle behind foliage.

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war and sent to Mrs MacDonald of Grey Street Wangaratta.

Significance

Victoria's 2/24th Infantry Battalion was raised in Wangaratta in July 1940. They were welcomed with open arms by the local community as they rapidly built up their numbers. The people of Wangaratta adopted the Battalion and they became known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. Many of the soldiers maintained life long friendships with the people of Wangaratta. Even though the Battation was disbanded in 1946 members and their families return each year, in November, for a commemorative service at the 2/24th Battalion Memorial Wall at the Wangaratta Cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top left - AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Right side Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Bottom centre - "They shall not pass"

Leather Pouch - For Belt

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown leather pouch with two belt keepers on the back. Has large yellowing stitching.

Historical information

Leather pouch for inclusion on belt issued to soldiers

Inscriptions & Markings

On back has C.H.F. ^ engraved into the leather

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered pink flower and green foliate decoration on front. Handwritten message on the back.

Historical information

Postcard from WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion while posted in France was sent to his wife at home, 1917.

Significance

Embroidered silk postcards were first made in 1900 for the Paris Exposition. The popularity of silk postcards peaked during the First World War 1914 - 1918.They were mostly embroidered by French women in their homes and then sent to the factories for cutting and mounting on cards. Many of the cards were illustrated with patriotic symbols, flags, slogans, or sentimental texts. During the First World War, many Allied officers and soldiers based in France sent silk embroidered postcards to their loved ones back home

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "From your husband" (embroidered) Back: "Write soon / Best Love / to West / do not forget to / send that / France / Jan 23/1/1917 / My Dear Alice / Just a P.C. to let you know I'm still well and hope you are all the same Best love / to all from Will xxxxxxxxxxxxx"

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour design including two sailors holding flags, an outline of Australia with two magpies within, a ship at sea and two hands clasping.

Historical information

From the album of WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion. This collection of postcards, photographs and clippings were sent between William and his family and loved ones during the years he was on active service. See also 207 and 220.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front "hands across the sea"

Personal papers - Lieut. A.J Cruise MBE

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Four large parchment documents Two Australian Military Forces certificates and one form Five original letters One copy of letter written in French Seven copies of typed letters AIF Military Pass

Historical information

Personal documents and letters belonging to Lieutenant Albert John CRUISE born 13/4/1883 at Nathalia in Victoria. Educated at Geelong College. Enlisted in NSW on 29/8/1914 as Private No 86 1st Battalion. Promoted to L/cpl on 25/7/1915 then Lieutenant on 9/11/1915. He was nominated and appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire - Military Division for conspicuous services rendered as follows:- 'During the period 16-19 September to 11th November 1918 this officer has shown conspicuous devotion to duty and great gallantry in the performance of that duty. He has organised salvage parties and was instrumental during the advance in September in making German Dumps of HE material available for use in forward positions thus saving time and transport. His work throughout has been characterised by marked individuality and courage in the forward area and has been productive of far reaching results. He served at Gallipoli and the Western Front. Due to pneumonia and enteric he returned to Australia in early 1916 to recuperate and married before returning in August 1916. In September 1919 he returned to Australia on board HMAT Takadaussie (refer item 363) and discharged on 7/11/1919. He later served full time with the CMF from 15/5/1940 - 17/10/1943. He died in 1952

Significance

Parchment of Appointed to rank 2nd Lieutenant on 9/11/1915 by King George V - Document dated 26/6/1917 Parchment of Appointment as a Member of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire by King George V dated 3/6/1919 Two parchments issued by the Governor General and Commander in Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia Appointed Lieutenant of the Military Forces of the Defence Force of the Commonwealth from 1/1/1920 by Henry William, Baron Forster Appointed Lieutenant of the Reserve Military Forces of the Commonwealth from 13/4/1940 by Alexander Gore Arkwright, Baron Gowrie

Inscriptions & Markings

Cream Parchment with embossed seal, italic script and stamped George R I dated 26/6/1917 and 3/6/1919 Cream Parchment with embossed seal, italic script issued by the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia dated 17/3/1924 and 21/4/1941 AMF Recommendation for Promotion V 84119 Lieut Cruise - form incomplete AMF Certificate of Release from War Service No 11943 - V84199 Lieut Cruise AMF Certificate of Service of an Officer No 33461 -V84119 Lieut Cruise Typed letter dated 13/10/1919 from Commonwealth of Australia Dept of Defence to Lieut Cruise referring to London Gazette extract - Member of the British Empire - Military Division Typed letter embossed with seal dated 9/6/1919 signed W Birdwood Handwritten in blue ink with "Denman Chambers" imprint top right corner letter of reference signed B V Stacy formerly Lieut. Col., Commanding 1st Bn AIF Typed letter with AIF letterhead dated 1/6/1927 Typed letter with The Gallipoli Legion of Anzacs letterhead dated 24/1/1950 Typed copy of letter of gratitude in French dated 18/6/1918 from Military Attache General Pierre de Laguiche - stamped with Statue of Liberty AIF Military Pass dated 25/6/1919 issued to Lieut Cruise

Flag

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large red rectangle flag with large central white circle containing silver image of a horse

Historical information

Flag of the Force Logistic Support Group (FLSG) - This flag was flown at the Headquarters of FLSG and 145 Signal Squadron until all Units returned to Australia in June 2000

Significance

The International Force East Timor (INTERFET) was a multinational non-United Nations peacemaking taskforce, organised and led by Australia in accordance with United Nations resolutions to address the humanitarian and security crisis that took place in East Timor from 1999–2000 until the arrival of UN peacekeepers.

Trophy

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silver Plated trophy with removable lid and side arms mounted on brown plastic base with 10 small silver shields attached.

Historical information

The North Eastern District AIF Golf tournament also known as the annual Digger's Golf tournament was commenced in 1938 to raise money for the RSL and Legacy welfare funds

Inscriptions & Markings

North Eastern AIF Golf Cup for perpetual competition. Names of winners inscribed on trophy from 1938

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two page cream coloured newspaper with black print.

Historical information

Two page newspaper containing news from home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Edition Guinea Gold Volume 3 No 222 Friday June 29 1945

Framed print - Catalina Flying Boat

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold painted embossed metal frame with cream coloured mount containing watercolour painting of plane on water

Historical information

Watercolour painting of Catalina Flying Boat - Attached to rear of frame is a short history of the Catalina Flying Boat together with the service history of Owen and and his younger brother Roy MORTIMER who both served in the Royal Australian Air Force in the South West Pacific area during WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalina Flying Boat Royal Australian Air Force

Cufflinks x2

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two brass coloured cufflinks. One has the top and back missing, has only the plastic top disc which attached to the metal stick. Other has a pale yellow enamle disc on top, mounted on brass look metal, with a small round metal disc at the end of the stick.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil on the incomplete cufflink. On back of complete cufflink: Made in England, Gilt. On small end disc has engraved a buckle.

Rising Sun Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Carved timber badge in the shape of the Rising Sun above crown and banner

Historical information

The Rising Sun Badge crafted from timber by Alan Darwin of Wangaratta Woodworkers Inc., and presented to the Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch to commemorate the 100 year ANZAC campaign

Significance

Proudly worn by soldiers of the 1st and 2nd Australian Imperial Force in both World Wars, the 'Rising Sun' badge has become an integral part of the digger tradition. The distinctive shape of the badge, worn on the upturned side of a slouch hat, is commonly identified with the spirit of Anzac

Inscriptions & Markings

Carved "The Australian Army" Gold plaque engraved"To commemorate the 100 year ANZAC campaign "

Magazine - Deeds of the 2nd A.I.F

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream and brown magazine with sketch depicting two soldiers charging with rifles and fixed bayonets

Historical information

Portrayal of notable achievements of the men of the 2nd AIF in the compaigns of Libya, Cyrenaica, Greece, Crete, Syria in the defence of Tobruk and in Malaya Singapore.

Inscriptions & Markings

ACF - total proceeds for Australian Comforts Fund Price 6d

Personal items

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dog Tags X 4 Wrist Tag x1 Pte W. WEST 1268 AIF

Historical information

5th Pioneer Battalion. Five WWI dog tags, one brass, one homemade silver metal, one silver metal and two brown leather. These items are related to a photo album which was owned by W. West, reference number 208.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass wrist tag: W. West 1268 5th Pioneers Batt. A.I.F. Homemade silver metal wrist tag: W. West 5th Poineer BTN AIF Silver metal tag: Front; Next of Kin Mrs A.M West VIC Nt Creswick Aust. Back; 1268 W. West D 29 AI CE Brown leather tag: West. W 1268 5 PNRS AIF CE Brown leather tag on neck string: West. W 1268 5 PNRS AIF CE

Framed print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame with photos of all recipients of VC Medal from 1900-1973 Limited Series

Historical information

with Letter of Authenticity

Inscriptions & Markings

AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS AWARDS Limited Edition Series

Framed Medals - Private Mervyn HARRIS

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame containing two WW2 service medals mounted on red felt backing.

Historical information

Service Medals x 2 and Life Membership Badge awarded to Pte Mervyn S HARRIS 6th Aux. Horse Transp Coy

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque: Private Mervyn S HARRIS V22764 6 Aux Horse Transport Coy

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Lockheed Loadstar. Silver medium model with black writing on wings

Historical information

One of a collection of 25 model aircraft made by Brian Anthony DOWD late of Eldorado

Inscriptions & Markings

NCI3347 on wings. United Airlines on side

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two page cream coloured newspaper with black print.

Historical information

Two page newspaper containing news from home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Edition Guinea Gold Volume 3 No 221 Thursday June 28 1945

Framed Photograph - Private Cyril Buckler

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Wooden frame with gold insert, wooden mount. Coloured paper Union Jack on top left of mounting, Red Ensign on top right of mounting. Inscriptions in white paint. Glass front. Back has wire hangings. Has paper backing has stitching on three sides, some paper backing is ripped.

Historical information

Studio portrait of 5347 Private Cyril Buckler, 14th Battalion. A postman from Wangaratta, Victoria, prior to enlistment on 16 February 1916 he embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Euripides on 4 April 1916 for Egypt. His unit relocated to the Western Front, France, in June 1916. Private Buckler was killed in action near Pozieres, France, on 7 August 1916. He has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

Significance

Mr & Mrs William Buckler presented the framed photograph to North Wangaratta State School in memory of their son Cyril Buckler, a past student who was killed in action at Pozieres, France on 7 Aug 1916 during the First World War. North Wangaratta State School 2391 opened in May 1881 and closed on October 26 1969. Today a plaque commemorates the old site in Eldorado Road North This photograph of Cyril Buckler in the rank of Sergeant was probably taken while he was serving in the Senior Cadets or the Citizen Forces prior to enlistment in the AIF.

Inscriptions & Markings

For King and Country. Presented to North Wangaratta State School No 2391 by Mr & Mrs W. Buckler in memory of their son Sgt Cyril Buckler who was killed in action at Pozieres France 7 Aug 1916

Citation

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Paper photocopy of a typed document

Historical information

From collection of photographs and cuttings dedicated to the memory of WILKINSON JOHN HUDSON : Service Number - 400444 : Date of birth - 18 Feb 1914 : Place of birth - RUTHERGLEN VIC : Place of enlistment - MELBOURNE : Next of Kin - WILKINSON HUDSON. Wilkinson was awarded the distinguished flying cross in March 1944 and tragically killed in action over Germany also in 1944. See also 237 and 240.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour illustration of a crowd of soldiers and a lone man with sleeves rolled, apparently bracing himself for a fight. Handwritten message on back.

Historical information

From the album of WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion. This collection of postcards, photographs and clippings were sent between William and his family and loved ones during the years he was on active service. See also 207 and 220.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "Now then, you spalpeen, come on!"

Framed Print - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown ridged timber frame containing print of lady wearing evening dress and a tiara standing beside floral display on pedestal table.

Historical information

The Queen's relationship with the Armed Forces began when, as Princess Elizabeth, she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in 1945, becoming the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Services as a full-time active member. During her time in the ATS, the Princess learnt to drive and to maintain vehicles

Significance

The Queen has a long and close relationship with the Armed Forces, both in the United Kingdom and in the Commonwealth. As Sovereign, The Queen is Head of the Armed Forces, and is also the wife, mother and grandmother of individuals having served in the Forces.

Inscriptions & Markings

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph depicting four rows of graves.

Historical information

Photograph of Heverlee War Cemetery Belgium distributed to next of kin of deceased Australian Servicemen buried in war cemeteries - this photograph sent to FO William Emery's next of kin.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rear of photograph is stamped in purple - Heverlee War Cemetery Belgium Imperial War Graves Commission Handwritten in biro is a list of names

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of large group of unknown soldiers in four rows, standing and sitting on the ground in front of open structure with corrugated roof.

Historical information

Soldiers of the 2/24th Battalion C Company.

Significance

The 2/24th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army, which served during World War II .A unit of all-volunteers, it was formed in July 1940 from primarily Victorian volunteers and was known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. It served in North Africa in 1941–1942 as part of the 26th Brigade, which was assigned to the 7th Division, before being reassigned to the 9th Division. In early 1943, the battalion returned to Australia and later took part in campaigns against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–1944 and Borneo in 1945, before being disbanded in 1946. The 2/24th suffered the highest number of casualties of any 2nd AIF infantry battalion. The Unit was granted the Freedom of the City by the Rural City of Wangaratta in 1990 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Partial C Company

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mini postcard - two separate black and white images both featuring the moon

Historical information

From the album of WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion. This collection of postcards, photographs and clippings were sent between William and his family and loved ones during the years he was on active service. See also 207 and 220.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front " The same old moon" Hand written on rear.. To Enid From Dad I just got a letter from you 22 July Best Love xxx

Framed photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large brown carved timber frame with inner gold painted edge, brown mount containing photograph of solder in front of horse drawn canon

Historical information

Photograph of unknown WW1 solider - Light Horse

Framed Print - February 19th 1942, Darwin Harbour

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing blue black and white print of ships being bombed.

Historical information

Image depicting the explosion of a ship, filled with TNT and ammunition, hit during the first Japanese air raid on Australia's mainland, at Darwin on 19 February 1942. In the foreground is HMAS Deloraine which survived unscathed. On that day, 236 people were killed when 242 Japanese aircraft, in two separate raids, attacked the town, ships in Darwin's harbour and the town's two airfields in an attempt to prevent the Allies from using them as bases to contest the invasion of Timor and Java during World War II. MV Neptuna was a 5,952 ton cargo motor vessel. and was 1 of 11 sunk during the Japanese air raid on Darwin on 19 February 1942. In January 1942 HMAS Deloraine evaded an attack by the Japanese submarine I-124 north-west of Darwin and was jointly credited with the submarines' sinking after she inflicted the initial damage.

Significance

The Bombing of Darwin, also known as the Battle of Darwin, on 19 February 1942 was the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

February 19th 1942, Darwin Harbour In the foreground the corvette HMAS Deloraine. Smoke billowing in the background is from burning oil tanks on shore, the mushroom cloud is from the explosionof the ammunition ship Neptuna. Watercolour by Tom Offord

Leather Belt with Large Buckle

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dark brown leather belt with large rusted buckle. Belt is made up of three bits of leather, sewn together.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil