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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

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2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria 3677 (map)
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+61 (03) 5721 2051

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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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2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria

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RAAF Certificate of Service

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper with black print and type with emblem centre top contained within a black border and attached by staple top left corner to large sheet of paper.

Historical information

Royal Australian Air Force Officer's Certificate of Service No 2575 issued to Flying Officer Owen Campbell MORTIMER 420235. Discharged 2/7/1945 at own request to resume civil occupation. Awarded 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, Victory Medal and eligible for Returned from Active Service Badge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Air Force Officer's Certificate of Service No 2575 Rear - To the Secretary the Returned Soldier's League with compliments Dr Owen Mortimer 29th May, 1989

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a black and white photograph of Creswick Park Lake

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.

Photograph - Frank Ramage

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black plastic frame with white border mount containing photograph of elderly male smoking a cigarette with two males in background.

Historical information

Photograph of Wangaratta RSL Life Member Frank "Rooster" Ramage. with Vic Novak and Bruce McIlroy in background left and right respectively. Frank joined the C.M.F in 1943 and transferred to the 6th Field Ambulance A.I.F. in 1944 and discharged in 1946. He served in New Guinea and New Britain

Significance

Frank joined the joined the RSL in 1956 and became a Life Member in 1996.

Inscriptions & Markings

Roosters's Corner Life Member Frank (Rooster) Ramage

Map - Australian Army Operations 1940-45

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large cream coloured cardboard folded in three, inside is a coloured map of the middle east 1940-1942, New Guinea Theatre 1942-1944, Pacific Islands 1944-1945 and Malay and Islands 1942-1945. Front cover has Unit patches from top left to bottom right corner , at top right corner is the rising sun badge and bottom left corner 1940-45 Back cover is a listed Chronology.

Historical information

Large fold out map and chronology of Australian Army Operations between 1940-1945 that belonged to Private Joan Spencer VFX12932 (VF507134) born 12/11/1924 at Albury. The family moved to Wangaratta and Joan was educated at Wangaratta High School before joining the Australian Army Medical Women's Service at 115 (Heidelberg) Military Hospital. She served with the 130 Australia General Hospital and was deployed overseas to Japan on 17/6/1947 and returned on 26/1/1949

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written at top - VFX Pte Joan Spencer AAMWS 115 (H) M.H.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with black and white image of a mother and daughter, with inset of a soldier, probably the father / husband.

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: "fond thoughts of you"

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph mounted on dark grey cardboard depicting three rows of soldiers wearing bush hats and front row holding rifles

Historical information

Photograph taken in May 1916 of 4th Platoon whilst at Wangaratta Training Camp prior to travelling by train to Seymour Camp. Known members of Platoon are local men Frank Newton 2378 and Harry Whitty 2170 of Whitfield who served in France with the 37th Infantry Bn and later discharged on 14/8/1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

4th Platoon "Wangaratta Training Centre" May1916 Hand written in biro on mount left side "Frank Newton" and above photograph "Harry Whitty"

Certificate of Discharge - John Brian Murray VX142238

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream coloured paper with black border with Australian Coat of Arms centre top of page.

Historical information

Original AMF Certificate of Discharge certifying VX 142238 Private John Brian Murray born 27/10/1922 at Moyhu 57/60 Australian Infantry Battalion served with CMF 28/5/42 to 29/6/43 and AIF from 30/6/1943 to 8/8/1946 which included overseas service in New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Significance

Certificate recognises Private Murray's service in the CMF and AIF during WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

Certificate of Discharge - No 554111

Framed Japanese Flag

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large black frame with gold inner surround. Charcoal fabric mounting. White part of flag is covered with Japanese writing in black ink around red circle in center.

Significance

Australian servicemen who served in the Second World War often returned home with souvenirs from battle. Whilst the provenance of this particular flag is not documented, it may be a Good Luck Flag or yosegaki hinomaru; a flag signed by family members and given to Japanese servicemen deployed during the Second World War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Japanese writing in black ink on front.

Watch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold coloured metal watch with square face and white plastic watch band.

Historical information

Watch belonged to Alan Robert WEBSTER who was born on 11-1-1923 at Wangaratta. He enlisted in Melbourne and served with the RAAF 30 Squadron. He died on the 11-8-1944 and is buried in the LAE Cemetry in Papua New Guinea.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on rear of watch - ARW 409630 RAAF

Framed Photograph - 2/24 Battalion

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black plastic frame containing reproduced black and white photograph of soldiers formed in five rows. Soldiers are numbered with most names listed top left and below.

Historical information

Group photograph of the 2/24 Infantry Battalion Headquarters Company soldiers who served during WW2

Significance

The Battalion was raised in Wangaratta in June 1940 and known as Wangaratta's Own.

Inscriptions & Markings

2/24th Inf Bn Headquarters Company

Timber Map of Australia

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Shape of Australia handmade in timber with kangaroo and emu either side RSL Crest sticker

Inscriptions & Markings

RSL Australia

Doily

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Off white square doily with side on image of soldier holding rifle in the centre.

Historical information

This hand crafted doily, created during war time, features a side on image of a soldier handing a rifle with butt at his feet. In Victorian times, idle hands were frowned upon so women knitted and crocheted. In addition to their decorative function doilies have the practical role of protecting fine-wood furniture from the scratches caused by crockery or decorative objects, or from spilled tea when used on tea trays or with cups and saucers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Crotched - "Our Hero Were proud of him" "ANZAC 1915"

Book - World War 1 Honour Board - Milawa Primary School 737

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White and red book with blue wording and photograph of school children at a cenotaph

Historical information

In 2005 the children of Grades 4,5 and 6 of Milawa Primary School researched and compiled personal stories, photographs and service records to honour those listed on the Milawa State School WW1 Honour Board. Inside rear cover contains a colour patch index to the following:- Andrew Robert BARRIE 3757/ Ralph Augustus CECIL 1677/ John COLEMAN 4089/ Arthur John Victor CULPH 896/ Edward Heathcote CULPH 2629(1447)/ Henry John CULPH 3108/ Thomas Wilson CULPH 34A/ Edward Frederick DOIG 3991/ Ernest Hugh DOIG 2937/ John Harold FOWLER 4488/ William Joseph FOWLER 3233/ Howard Fraser GRANT 7077/ Joseph Henry HOWELL 7247/ Frederick John HUMPHREY 2472/ Stanley Gordon HUMPHREY 3553/ Roy Curtis KENNEDY 5401/ Charles James KETTLE 29741/ Michael McGRORY 5390/ Ernest Phillip McPHEE 50339/ Stanley Charles McPHEE 3741/ Thomas MURDOCH Lieut/ William Lawrence PURDON 3223/ Ludin James ROBERTSON 980/ William Francis ROBERTSON 981/ Harold Ernest THOMAS 966/ George Ernest Vincent WOODBERRY 2173.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book is dedicated to all the service men and women in the Australian Armed Forces who continually strive to protect the Australian way of life.

Brooch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silver metal brooch with blue glaze containing AIF in oval shape below crown and above scroll

Historical information

Female relative's brooch from the Defence Department issued to women of Australia for duty done Female relative's badge from World War I, no. 46369 Under Military Order 280 of 1917 (later Military Order 1818 of 1918), badges such as this were issued by the Department of Defence to the closest female relative of men serving overseas. Badges like this one were issued to the closest female relative of men serving in the Australian Imperial Force.

Inscriptions & Markings

Issued by Department of Defence To Women of Australia For Duty Done Rear - 46369

Salt and pepper shakers

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silver plated salt and pepper shakers

Historical information

MV ETTRICK was a British Passenger Motor Vessel of 11,279 tons built in 1938 by Barclay Curle & Company, Glasgow, for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company. The Vessel was on charter to the Admiralty as a Troopship. On the 15th November 1942 she was torpedoed by German submarine U-155 at 0315, 150 miles W of Gibraltar. She sank at 0836. She was on a voyage from Gibraltar to the Clyde in ballast, with a crew of 204, 66 naval ratings, and 41 gunners. 18 naval ratings and 5 Asian crew were lost; another Asian seaman died of his injuries. Survivors were taken to Gibraltar by the Norwegian destroyer Glaisdal and returned to the UK in P&O´s Mooltan the following day.

Inscriptions & Markings

Salt and pepper shakers with embossing showing Flag and M.V. ETTRICK.

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dark & light green German plane with german markings, Has red on side & yellow nose.

Historical information

Meswerschmitt ME109. One of a collection of 25 model aircraft made by Brian Anthony DOWD

Significance

The ME-109 was the most widely produced German fighter during World War II, thanks to its ability to fly low to the surface during battle.

Booklet - Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Blue and white cardboard covered booklet with black RSL crest and type.

Historical information

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1966

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1966

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph mounted on light brown cardboard of large group of soldiers standing and sitting in seven rows taken outdoors under trees.

Historical information

37th Infantry Battalion - said to include soldier Private Francis Bradley Newton 2378 - Died 7/6/1983 buried Wangaratta Cemetry

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on rear of mount 37 Inf Bn 4th row from back 3rd on left or 10th from left - Frank Newton

Booklet - Sons of Anzac

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Beige paper booklet with picture of Australian Flag and three Servicemen on cover with writing in red above and in blue below.

Historical information

Booklet of Humorous tales of the Diggers belonging to Harry Trudgen -Service Number - VX132215 : Date of birth - 15 May 1923 : Place of birth - ALBURY NSW : Enlisted - IN THE FIELD QLD (records not available) Next of Kin Father - TRUDGEN John Henry Service Number - 9550 : Place of Birth - Beechworth VIC : Enlisted in 1915 - Driver with the 13th FAB - received gun shot wound to hand and returned to Australia in 1919.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sons of Anzac Humorous Tales of the Diggers Harry Trudgen 1914-18 handwritten top right hand corner

WW1 Medals - Private Ernest LUCAS

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Three original WW1 medals with ribbons attached to white cardboard - round silver coloured metal medal with grey black white and orange striped ribbon - round gold coloured metal medal with purple blue green yellow and orange striped ribbon and bronze coloured star shaped metal medal with blue white and red striped ribbon

Historical information

Three WW1 medals including 1914 Star awarded to Private Ernest LUCAS Royal Defence Corps who was first assigned to the Middlesex Regiment. LUCAS was discharged on 18/5/1919 having served 11 years and 305 days.

Significance

The 6th Battalion Middlesex Regiment can trace its history back to 7 August 1760 as part of the Middlesex Militia. In 1778 it was titled the 1st East Middlesex Militia. By royal order the regiment was later designated the Royal East Middlesex Militia on 24 April 1804. By 1855 it was using the formal title of "1st or Royal East Middlesex Regiment of Militia". In 1900 the number of regular Middlesex Regiment battalions was doubled with the formation of a new the 3rd and 4th battalions; and the two militia battalions were renumbered as 5th and 6th battalions of the regiment. The unit's standing orders of 1863 record the regimental insignia as being somewhat unusual, in that it did not include standard royal crown, but featured a five-pointed Saxon Crown atop a shield with the arms of the East Saxon Kingdom i.e. three stylised Seaxes hilted and pommeled

Inscriptions & Markings

PTE E LUCAS- Middlesex Regt.

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

Honour Board - Legacy Widow's Office Bearers

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Stained brown timber five sided with Legacy crest and list of names in gold coloured paint.

Historical information

Wangaratta Legacy Widows Group - Office Bearers 1964 - present

Significance

Local widows of ex servicemen who are supported and cared for by the Victorian Returned Services League.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Legacy Widow's Group - Office Bearers

Framed Photograph - Col. H J SHANNON D.S.O.,V.D.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing sepia photograph of Army Officer

Historical information

First President Wangaratta RSL 1928 Colonel H J Shannon D.S.O., V.D.

Inscriptions & Markings

Col. J. J. Shannon D.S.O., V.D. - First President Wangaratta RSL. 1928 Colonel Shannon became the 1st President of the Wangaratta RSL when it was organised under Anzac House and the present constitution. He was born at Bowman's Forest in 1874 and died in Wangaratta in 1960. He served in the Victorian Mounted Rifles at the turn of the century, rose to the rank of Captain and commanded the Wangaratta Detachment and Company - this later became the 8th Light Horse Regiment. In 1915 he embarked as Major in the 8th Light Horse and served in Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine and Syria whee he commanded the 8th Squadron. Later he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the Regiment. During the Amman raids, he won the D.S.O at El Salt. This award was presented to him by the Duke of Clarence. In post war period he commanded the 8th Australian Light Horse and later as Colonel of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade During the second world war Colonel Shannon came from retirement to organise the V.D.C in North East Victoria.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a vase of wattle flowers in the centre

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

"Merry Xmas"

Brassard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army camouflage armband/brassard with yellow crown and lion patch.

Historical information

Camouflage brassard introduced circa 1983 replacing dark green brassard worn by all Army personnel and civilian employees whilst deployed on research trips

Inscriptions & Markings

Engineering Development Est.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard depicting image of armed soldiers marching in street

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

New Zealand Contingent passing the law courts London

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph of eight soldiers mounted on horseback

Historical information

Photograph of soldiers wearing slouch hat and holding rifles mounted on horseback - most likely Victorian Mounted Rifle contingent.

Significance

The Victorian Mounted Rifles (VMR) was a regiment composed of Australian forces that served in the Second Boer War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten top left corner "Contingent"

Plaque

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Rectangular timber top mounted on timber base which has inscription in gold coloured paint.

Historical information

Hand made plaque commemorating 22 Repair and Servicing Unit RAAF 1943-45

Inscriptions & Markings

This silver poplar is dedicated to 22 Repair and Servicing Unit, RAAF 1943-45 The unit serviced aircraft and transport in South West Pacific area, New Guinea, Cape Gloucester, Noemfoor, Morotaia, and Labuan LEST WE FORGET 22 R.S.U. Nazab, Cape Gloucester, Noemfoor, Morotai, Brunei Bay.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a sepia coloured drawing of a banner and ornate cornucopian bouquet of flowers and grains. 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

"Greetings from Creswick"

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

coloured postcard with image of a waterfall

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

Greetings from 'Australia