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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 with four rifles upright in foreground.

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 during march Wangaratta to Bonegilla

Framed newspaper article

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown and gold timber frame with olive green mount containing newspaper, The Argus, dated Saturday May 15, 1915

Historical information

Newspaper article dated May 15 1915 featuring article on British Battle-ship Lost in the Dardanelles

Framed Collections of Medals and Decorations

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold and brown coloured frame containing 52 medals and decorations with written explaination for each

Historical information

52 Decorations and Campaign Medals awarded to Australians for bravery and service in theatres of war from1860

Inscriptions & Markings

Decorations and Campaign Medals AUSTRALIA

Booklet - Coming Back - A Souvenir

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small booklet with blue printing consisting of seven pages.

Historical information

This booklet contains a collection of stories, anecdotes and jokes told by soldiers returning to Australia from Belgium aboard the Troopship SS Port Napier.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover: Coming Back, Incidents etc since leaving Belgium, Nos 19 & 25 Quotas 4th Aust. Division. April - May - June, 1919. A Souvenir. On back cover: Autographs, with lots of handwritten names in purple pencil.

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

RAAF Magazine - WINGS

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Grey and white magazine with photograph of six planes

Historical information

Official RAAF Magazine issued fortnightly during WW2 between April 1943 to March 1946 This magazine is the final edition.

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 6 No 5 Mar 15, 1946 RAAF's first twenty five years - Page 2 FINAL EDITION

Army Jacket

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki woollen jacket with shoulder epaulettes and four pockets with brass buttons attached. Purple square with white border patches attached to top of both sleeves. Two striped ribbons attached above left breast pocket.

Historical information

This Army jacket made in 1940 issued to VX77837 - William Keith GRAY Born 17-10-1915 at Warragul in Victoria. He enlisted at Caulfield and served during WW2. Service records currently unavailable.

Significance

The uniforms of the Australian Army have changed significantly over the past century, although the accoutrements worn over this period have remained relatively similar. The forces of the Australian colonies and the early forces of the Commonwealth post-Federation in 1901 closely followed the uniforms of the British Army. Since then it has continued to be influenced by British but also US styles, as well as including some distinctly Australian designs, reflecting local conditions and trends.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marking inside jacket - VX77837

Framed Photograph - HMA Corvette

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with grey mount containing print of ship at sea

Historical information

Bathurst Class Corvette all of which that were engaged in World War 2 were built in Australia

Significance

Bathurst Class Corvette all of which that were engaged in World War 2 were built in Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

HMA Corvette Presented to Wangaratta RSL by HMAS Mildura Association in Appreciation for honour of leading ANZAC Day March 1999

Honour Board - South Wangaratta School and District

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber Honour Board containing 48 names within two side columns

Historical information

The original South Wangaratta Primary School served the district for over 110 years and closed in December 1985 before moving to new premises. When the school closed in 1989 and with the demise of the South Wangaratta Hall due to flooding in the 1990's the Honour Board was wrapped in a blanket and stored in a shed for the best part of 10 years before being donated to the Wangaratta RSL for safekeeping and permanent display These listed men were either born, worked or enlisted at Wangaratta prior to serving their country in the First World War. Private William John LAW 1221 - 19 years - Born Murchison in Victoria. Occupation Carpenter Next of Kin - Father John Wilson LAW of Wangaratta Joined 2-3-1916 Enlisted at Wangaratta Unit 37th Battalion. Embarked Melbourne 3-6-1916 HMAT Persic A34 Discharged 21-9-1919. Private Joseph Henry LAW 986 - 21 years Born Euroa in Victoria Occupation Labourer Next of Kin - Mother Mrs Robert (Esther) LAW of Yatte Yattah - 18 NSW Joined 29-3-1915 Enlisted at Wangaratta Unit 24th Battalion. Embarked Melbourne 10-5-1915 HMAT Euripidies A14 Killed in Action 29-7-1916 France. Private Norman William FOSTER 7785 -18 1/2 years - Born Wangaratta Occupation Labourer Next of Kin - Sister Mrs William (Florence) McLean of Wangaratta Joined 15-7-1915 Enlisted at Melbourne Unit 54th Battalion Killed in Action 1-9-1918 France Private James Archibald McCORMICK 3195 - 19 years Born Wangaratta Occupation Engineer Next of Kin Father Samuel McCormick Enlisted Melbourne 27-7-1915 Embarked 26/11/1915 Unit 24th Battalion Killed in Action 5-8-1916 France Private Roland Caractacus HUGHES 3134(3131) - 20 years 5 months Born Wangaratta Occupation Blacksmith Next of Kin Father Roland W Hughes Joined 21-10-1915 Enlisted at Seymour 7th REIN 24th Battalion Embarked 26-11-1915 Wounded - GSW Leg and thigh RTA Discharged 11-10-1917 Private James Kelly O'CALLAGHAN 1250 - 22 years Born Mansfield Occupation Labourer Next of Kin Father John O'Callaghan Swanpool via Benalla Joined 6-3-1916 Enlisted at Wangaratta 37th/59th Battalions Embarked 3-6-1916 Wounded GSW Face and arm. RTA 30-1-1918 Discharged 2-7-1918 Private Samuel William DAVISON 6793 - 22 years 5 months Born Benalla Occupation Baker - Employer A Watson of Wangaratta Next of Kin Mother Mrs Ellen Tutty of South Wangaratta Enlisted Melbourne 3-1-1917 21/24th Battalions Embarked 11-5-1917 Wounded 9-8-1918 GSW Arm RTA 16-4-1920 (with wife) Discharged 26-7-1920 Private William Leslie HUNTER (Depot) 18 years 2 months Born Yan Yean Occupation Farmer/Labourer Next of Kin Father William James Hunter of Wangaratta Joined 18-2-1916 Enlisted Wangaratta 3-4-1916 Discharged at Seymour on 26-5-1916 Medically Unfit due to Diabetes

Significance

The honour board was made by John Wilson LAW and presented to the South Wangaratta School and District to honour the men who served in the First World War. John Wilson LAW was the father of two those who served.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top "School & District/Roll of Honour/South Wangaratta/For King & Country" Bottom 'The Great War/Presented by JW LAW. ESQ./1914 to 1919"

Medal - A Bryce

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round silver coloured metal medal

Historical information

1939-45 Australian Service Medal belonging to A BRYCE 56793

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Service Medal 1939-45 56793 A Bryce

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard featuring a poem, a map of Australia, a currawong or magpie, a swastika, an aboriginal man holding a boomerang or throwing stick. 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: "A message to the absent one"

Unframed Photograph - John "Jack" AMBROSE MM

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Unframed timber mounted photograph of unknown WW1 Soldier - now identified to be John AMBROSE MM 1132 of Carboor

Historical information

Unknown WW1 soldier ................. 22/11/2018 ..........concealed by mount handwritten below photograph "Jack Ambrose married a girl Chick"..... identified as Ethel Maud CHICK Soldier identified as John AMBROSE MM 1132 Labourer of Carboor who served on the western front in France during the First World War. Joined 19/2/1916 aged 23 years and 4 months Next of Kin - Edward Henry PAYNE (Cousin) of Carboor Born and enlisted at Wangaratta Embarked on 3/6/1916 on HMAT Persic Unit 5/37Battalions. Wounded on 3 occasions. RTA 27/7/1919 Jack and Edward both cousins to Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop

Significance

By identifying this originally unknown soldier to be John "Jack" AMBROSE has revealed links to the children of Edward Samuel PAYNE and his wife Catherine Marie nee WALPOLE. Jack's mother Ida Elizabeth AMBROSE nee PAYNE is the elder sister of Alice Emily Maud DUNLOP nee PAYNE mother of Sir Ernest Edward "Weary" DUNLOP and twin Lily May and Violet Minnie PAYNE who both served as Nurses during the First World War along with youngest brother Alfred Ernest PAYNE 1256. The latter three together with Jack AMBROSE are listed on the Wangaratta and District Victory Roll. Colonel Sir Ernest Edward "Weary" Dunlop, AC, CMG, OBE (12 July 1907 – 2 July 1993) was an Australian surgeon who was renowned for his leadership while being held prisoner by the Japanese during World War

Inscriptions & Markings

Below photograph handwritten "Jack Ambrose married a girl Chick" Rear Miss S Wright ???? Hill Carboor East via Wangaratta

Tankard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Pewter drinking tankard

Historical information

Presented to the late Army Chaplain Lewis NYMAN who served during the Vietnam War

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Chaplain L N NYMAN From Officers of 3TB 20.4.68

Princess Mary Gift Box

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brass gift box / tin with the effigy of Princess Mary, laurel leaves and elaborate border decoration. Box contains two ribbon bars, one rainbow medal ribbon (no medal), and one red, white and blue ribbon with safety pin. Also inside is a poem called 'Far Away' by De Siva (1st Battalion) printed on white paper.

Historical information

Tins like these containing tobacco, sweets, cigarettes were sent to allied troops at Christmas in 1914.This box also holds a poem called Far Away by De Siva (1st Battalion), which was likely placed there for safekeeping by its original owner.

Significance

More than 400,000 of these gift boxes, embossed with the effigy of Princess Mary, were distributed to Commonwealth troops on Christmas Day, 1914. A gift from the Princess, they contained various items including sweets, tobacco and pencils. This box also holds a poem called Far Away by De Siva (1st Battalion), which was likely placed there for safekeeping by its original owner.

Inscriptions & Markings

On tin (clockwise from top left): "Belgium / Imperium Brittannicum / Japan / Russia / Montenegro / Christmas 1914 / Servia / France"

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Meswerschmitt ME109. Dark & light green German plane with german markings, Has red on side & yellow nose.

Historical information

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

WWI Binoculars

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small black binoculars - made of metal with black hard rubber over the top, metal eye protectors and leather strap.

Historical information

Binoculars from Col. John Stanley CMG to Capt. G. Hurry 38th Battalion A.I.F 1916 Lieut/Col Geoffry HURRY was a Solicitor in Kyneton before enlisting on 4/5/1916. He was awarded a DSO

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on left front; Carl Zeiss Jena D.R.P Engraved on right front: Feldstecher Vengr x 6 Engraved on left back: From Col. John Stanley QMG to Capt. G. Hurry 38Bn A.I.F 1916 Engraved on right back: Bombay

Booklet - Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Red 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 1964

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1964

Framed Print - HMAS Sydney

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black plastic frame with moulded pattern with grey mount containing photograph of ship and Sydney Harbour Bridge

Historical information

HMAS Sydney built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend on Tyne, United Kingdom Launched 22 September 1934 Engaged and sunk Bartolmeo Colleom 19 July 1940. On 19 November 1941 South West of Carnarvon Western Australia she was lost at sea with all hands after engaging the German raider Kormoran.

Significance

On 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney, a light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy with an impressive record of war service, was lost following a battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast. The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains Australia’s worst naval disaster. The Kormoran was also sunk, but 317 of its crew of 397 were rescued. The fate of the Sydney remains one of Australia’s greatest wartime mysteries; even the location of the wrecks was not established until 2008.

Inscriptions & Markings

Banner - HMAS Sydney HMAS Sydney built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend on Tyne, United Kingdom Launched 22 September 1934 Engaged and sunk Bartolmeo Colleom 19 July 1940 Lost at sea with all hands 19 November 1941 South West of Carnarvon Western Australia after engaging the German raider Kormoran.

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of two rows of long buildings with four men between one small building and two rows of tent like structures in the foreground. There are small buildings and smoke rising in the background.

Historical information

Image appears to be of Army camp based near/at rural village with outlying buildings on Tarakan Island

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 1996 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

On rear - Boxing ring on Tarakan

Gold Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold badge with crown on top, rising sun in middle, an anchor at the bottom.

Historical information

WW2 War Service Badge issued to former soldiers who had served within the boundaries of Australia and who were, therefore, not eligible for the RAS badge. To be worn on civilian clothing.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: Service at bottom of crown. Australia is written at bottom, under anchor. On back: 1948, Issued by C'Wealth Govt, Amor Sydney. 49241

Shield

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber shield with silver metal banner and silver cast of golfer mounted on larger timber shield with 38 small metal shields with inscriptions.

Historical information

Wangaratta RSL golf tournament which commenced around 1949 to present

Inscriptions & Markings

Silver metal banner "Wangaratta RSL"

Oral history interview - Margaret Redmond

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

This digital oral history interview was conducted at Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch on May 29, 2018 as part of the Veterans Heritage Project.

Box containing Medal - Pte G J Malcolm 3536

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small white box with black typing on attached label on lid Contents - round gold coloured medal with multicoloured ribbon and red and fawn coloured diamond shaped patch

Historical information

Original Victory Medal belonging to Private George James MALCOLM 3536 10th Battalion AIF who came from Naracoorte South Australia Enlisted on 24/8/1915 Aged 25 years and KIA on 19/8/1916 at Mouquet Farm near POZIERS. Unknown grave - Villiers Bretonneaux Medal sent to next of kin - brother William Silas MALCOLM - Nandaly near Sea Lake Victoria - born 8/4/1899 at Narracoorte SA. Enlisted 25/9/1918 Melbourne V80527 aged 19 years but not called up.

Inscriptions & Markings

Box - 3536 Pte. G. J. MALCOLM 10 Bn AIF 29783/DECD. Medal -The Great War for Civilisation 1914-1919

AMF Army Driving Licence - Kenneth Edward Forster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown canvas booklet that is folded into three. Licence gives details of Army number, name, rank and type of vehicle that is able to be driven. Licence has been issued to Kenneth Edward Forster, VX149163. Licence has been cancelled in red ink.

Historical information

Driver/Provate Kenneth Edward Forster VX 149163 was born at Benalla and enlisted at Wangaratta. He served with the 148 General Transport Coy during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

No: 287674. Army No: VX149163, Name Kenneth Edward Forster. Vehicle type: cars & vans & lorries, semi-trailers.

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.

Framed Certificate - Private Sidney PLUM

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Burgandy wooden frame with sand coloured mounting of a certificate of thanks and appreciation from Borough of Wangaratta to Pte Sidney S PLUM. At the top of the certificate, it has the Australian and Union Jack flags entwined over some wattle. At the bottom it has the rising sun surrounded by a wreath with two crossed rifles underneath. To the bottom right there is a large red leather seal. Mounted beneath the certificate is a black plaque. On the back is a typed history of S.Plum.

Historical information

Borough of Wangaratta Certificate of Thanks and Apppreciation presented to Private Sydney Spencer Plum. 3431 1st Pioneer Battalion A.I.F, Born January 3rd 1894 at Dockers Plains. Father's name Albert F Plum. Mother's name Mary Plum. He was educated at North Wangaratta and Docker's Plains State School. He was a blacksmith when he enlisted June 12th 1915. He trained at Flemington Racecourse and embarked on SS "Nestor" October 11th 1915. He fought in battles; Peronne, Cambrai, Somme. Being wounded 3 times. He embarked for home per SS "Orontes"; disembarked January 28th 1919 and was discharged March 16th 1919. Later, he entered the service of the Victorian Railways Department.

Significance

Oak framed certificates were presented by the Borough of Wangaratta to the relatives of soldiers killed in action and returned soldiers who enlisted from the Borough during the First World War. These ceremonies were well attended by the local communities and held at intervals when the soldiers and nurses returned home from active service.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque is inscribed: 3451A Pte Sydney Spencer Plum. 1st Pioneer Battalion A.I.F. Served 12/6/1915 to 16/3/1919. Peronne, Cambrai and Somme. Born 3/1/1894 - Died 25/7/1958. Certificate: For King & Empire, Borough of Wangaratta. The Mayor, Councillors, and Ratepayers of the Borough of Wangaratta hereby place on record their Thanks and Appreciation for the conduct of S.S.Plum who served his King and Country in the Great War, which commenced 4th August 1914. In Witness Whereof the Corporate Seal of the Municipality is hereto attached in the presence of Mayor, Town Clerk. He answered his country's call. D.W Patterson Co PTY LTD 495 Collins St Melb

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

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.

Poster - Enlist in the Sportsmen's Thousand

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Depicts Lieutenant Albert Jacka, VC, as a role model for a huge campaign to enlist sportsmen. Surrounding Jacka are colourful depictions of healthy young men engaged in a variety of sports: football, rowing, cricket, tennis and golf are amongst the sports.

Historical information

This poster, published by the State Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, depicts Lieutenant Albert JACKA, VC, as a role model for a huge campaign to enlist sportsmen into the Australian Imperial Force in 1917. Jacka achieved instant fame back home when he became the first Australian to win the Victoria Cross during the First World War. It was said that one of the reasons he was such a good soldier, and had such a fighting attitude, was that he had been a boxer before the war. The campaign to enlist sportsmen was fuelled by a strong belief that by playing sport young men developed specific skills and qualities that could be used on the battlefield.

Significance

Representative of two common recruiting devices used in Australia, a well-known local soldier and a target number of men required for a specially named group.

Inscriptions & Markings

Full Text: Enlist in the Sportsmen's Thousand, Join Together, Train Together, Embark Together, Fight Together, Show the enemy what Australian sporting men can do.

Assorted cards and photographs

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Assorted cards and photographs nested within a larger card. 1. Bi-fold Christmas card with blue flowers and horseshoe 2. Black and white photograph of a man wearing a suit and hat in a green / grey cardboard oval window mount 3. Sepia photograph of a man in a suit in a dark grey oval window mount 4. Small rectangular card with round edges and handwritten message from Mrs William West 5. Plastic and paper card with yellow cover and rose detail, pink ribbon binding 6. Small black and white landscape photograph of Ypres with "magpie cigarette" branding on back 7. Small slip of paper with inscription: "Pohoto" 8. Small rectangular card with white string binding and oval black and white photograph of a horse and carriage and printed detail of a kangaroo and wattle. Inscription reads: "Greeting from Wattle Land"

Historical information

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

Framed Photograph with Medals - J.H.Wilkinson DFC

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing 5 metal medals, photograph of Airman, flying patch and plague on red felt background

Historical information

Pilot Officer Wilkinson 400444 was seconded from the RAAF to the RAF flying missions over Germany. His gallantry earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross in March 1944 for numerous successful missions over Germany. He was Killed in Action on 30th of August 1944.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bronze Plaque: Service Number 400444 P.,O. John W. Wilkinson DFC Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross March 1944 Killed in Action over Germany August 1944