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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

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

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Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday: 10.00 - 22.00 Friday - Saturday: 10.00 - 00.00 Sunday: 10.30 - 22.00

Entry Fee

No entry free.

Location

2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria

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Photograph

Key words

2/24th battalion
tarakan
ww2

Reproduced black and white photograph of metal pylon structures with man standing in bombed foreground

Historical information

Prior to the Second World War Tarakan Island was part of the Dutch East Indies and an important oil-producing centre. In early 1942 it was occupied by the Japanese. The primary objective for the Allied attack on Tarakan (code-named "Oboe One") was to secure and develop the island's airstrip so that it could be used to provide air cover for subsequent landings in Brunei, Labuan and Balikpapan. The secondary objective for the operation was to secure Tarakan's oilfields and bring them into operation as a source of oil for the Allied forces. As part of the 26th Brigade the 2/24 Battalion landed at Tarakan on May1 1945. The task of capturing Tarakan's airstrip was assigned to the 2/24th Battalion. The Battalion's initial attack on the airstrip on the night of 2 May was delayed when the Japanese set off large explosive charges, and the airstrip was not secured until 5 May

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

Handwritten on rear - Oil wells on Tarakan

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Display Box - The Australian Army

Key words

rising sun
badge
australian army
anzac

Timber look laminate box with gold colour metal "rising sun" badge on front. The box opens out flat and contains seven metal " rising sun " badges mounted on black felt on the right side. The left side below an image of the rising sun contains a written history of all seven badges from 1902 to the present.

Historical information

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. There are seven patterns of the Rising Sun. The Rising Sun has evolved over time and today Australian Army soldiers wear the seventh pattern Rising Sun.

Significance

The Rising Sun badge, also known as the General Service Badge or the Australian Army Badge, is the official insignia of the Australian Army and is mostly worn on the brim of a slouch hat or, less frequently, on the front of a peaked cap for Army personnel filling certain ceremonial appointments.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian Army

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Sketch

Key words

rsl
70th anniversary

Silver plate frame with black mount containing Returned Services League crest above sketch of soldier holding automatic rifle

Historical information

Limited edition plaque containing artwork by Dick Evans to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Returned Services League of Australia created exclusively for members of the RSL and their next of kin.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Returned Services League of Australia 1916-1986"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

2/24th battalion
wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of unknown soldiers standing in front of convoy of trucks

Historical information

Image depicts soldiers of the 2/24 Battalion in October 1941 awaiting transport to Palestine after 8 months in the desert at Tobruk.

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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Shield

Key words

ovens river
sydney hotel wangaratta

Red Gum timber in shape of shield with crest and plaque.

Historical information

Red gum shield was made from a piece of the Ovens River punt which served as a river crossing at the Sydney Hotel two centuries ago and which had lain on the river bed for approximately 100 years. The punt was raised by members of the Royal Australian Engineers whose names, unit and badge apear on the shield in the early 1970s.

Significance

Red gum shield was made from a piece of the Ovens River punt which served as a river crossing at the Sydney Hotel two centuries ago and which had lain on the river bed for approximately 100 years. The punt was raised by members of the Royal Australian Engineers whose names, unit and badge appear on the shield in the early 1970s. In 2019, after nearly 70 years at Balcke House, the Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch will take up new residence at the Sydney Hotel.

Inscriptions & Markings

Crown of Australian Engineers above a list of the soldiers who worked on the project. Attached is a card which states :- This red gum shield was made from a piece of the Ovens River punt which served as a river crossing at the Sydney Hotel two centuries ago and which had lain on the river bed for approximately 100 years. The punt was raised by members of the Royal Australian Engineers whose names, unit and badge appear on the shield in the early 1970s. It was made and presented to the Wangaratta RSL by Jim Sloan of Wangaratta.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
dog
sausage dog
bulldog

Postcard with a colour illustration of a bulldog carrying a brown sausage dog in its mouth

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 "got him!"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed poster

Key words

ww1
great war
aif
colours & patches
distinguishing badges
1914-1918

Carved timber framed poster with rising sun crest with flags and columns of coloured symbols and shaped badges.

Historical information

Poster displaying WW1 Distinguishing badges colours and patches of the AIF. These colour patches identified units and formations of the Australian Army which fought during World War 1

Significance

Poster is a tribute to the soldiers of WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

The Great War 1914-1918 Colours & Patches Distinguishing Badges of the Australian Imperial Forces

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed print - ANZACS at War

Key words

anzac
wwi
world war 1
cheops
pyramid
soldiers

Burgundy frame, black mounting, gold writing with a photo of 11th Battalion standing and sitting on the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. There are seven rising suns underneath the photo.

Historical information

The 11th Australian Infantry Battalion AIF was was among the first infantry units raised for the AIF during the First World War It was first raised at Black Boy Hill Camp in Western Australia on 17 August 1914 and recruited from the militia units. The picture of the 11th Battalion at the Cheops pyramid in Egypt in 1915 was taken just before the landing at Anzac Cove. Not many of the soldiers in this picture survived the 8 month campaign. After the Campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the 11th Battalion went on to serve with distinction in France and Belgium from 1916-18. They returned to Australia at the end of the war and disbanded on the 5 February 1919. The Battalion was awarded a Kings Colour for it’s service during the war which was held in the of custody the Militia 2/11th Battalion.

Significance

This picture was taken just before the landing at Anzac Cove during the First World War. Not many of the soldiers in this picture survived the 8 month campaign. This now famous picture of the 11th Battalion AIF at the Cheops pyramid in Egypt in 1915 is shown throughout military history displays and books the world over.

Inscriptions & Markings

ANZACS at War. Fall an ANZAC Rise a legend. The 11th Battalion at the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. We will remember - Lest we forget. Limited edition 4438 of 5000.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Ammunition Belt

Key words

ammuniton belt
cartridge belt
leather
metal

Brown leather ammunition belt with large metal buckle. Belt consists of 6 compartments. Four compartments have pockets for 10 cartridges, one compartment has pocket for 6 cartridges and one compartment has room for 4 cartridges.

Historical information

Belt worn for carriage of ammunition.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed document - Japanese Surrender

Key words

japanese surrender
ww2
singapore
12/9/1945

Gold coloured metal frame containing document with logo at top and signatures and red stamp below

Historical information

Instrument of Surrender of Japanese Fores under the Command or Control of the Supreme Commander Japanese Expeditionary Forces Southern Regions within the Operational Theatre of the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia. Signed at Singapore on 12/9/1945 by Louis Mountbatten Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Instrument of Surrender of Japanese Fores under the Command or Control of the Supreme Commander Japanese Expeditionary Forces Southern Regions within the Operational Theatre of the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Print - Bombs over Darwin

Key words

wwii
bombing of darwin
battle of darwin

Timber framed print of planes depicting the bombing of Darwin Harbour.

Historical information

On the 19 February 1942, 242 Japanese aircraft, in two separate raids, attacked the town of Darwin, ships in the 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. Darwin was lightly defended, relative to the size of the attack, and the Japanese inflicted heavy losses upon Allied forces at little cost to themselves. The two Japanese air raids were the first, and largest, of more than 100 air raids against Australia during 1942–43.

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. The urban areas of Darwin also suffered damage from the raids and there were a number of civilian casualties. As a result more than half of Darwin's civilian population left the area permanently, before or immediately after the attack.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold metal plaque - BOMBS OVER DARWIN Presented to Wangaratta RSL Limited Edition Print 234/1800 by James Baines

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Presentation Box and Medal

Key words

macedonia
medal

Maroon coloured presentation box containing maroon and blue striped ribbon with three metal bars attached above white stone medal.

Historical information

Object said to be Macedonian Civil Defence Medal

Inscriptions & Markings

White stone is engraved front and back with black letters in a circle.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

domeof the rock
jerusalem

Black and white photograph of Australian Soldiers in front of arched columns with large dome building in background.

Historical information

A group of Australian soldiers being photographed outside "The Dome of the Rock" shrine in Jerusalem. During the Second World War, Palestine was under a British mandate and Australian and New Zealand soldiers were back helping the British army to stop the Germans from capturing Egypt and the Suez Canal. They fought alongside several Palestinian brigades enlisted into the British Army under The Palestine Regiment.

Significance

World famous "Dome of the Rock", site of the ancient temple of Solomon and now a Muslim shrine. During the 7th century it served as a testament to the power of the new faith of Islam. The Dome of the Rock is one of the earliest surviving buildings from the Islamic world. This remarkable building is not a mosque, as is commonly assumed and scholars still debate its original function and meaning.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Pilot Balloon Slide Rule

Key words

pilot balloon slide rule
raaf

The case is fabric covered wood with felt fabric lining containing a long black laminate ruler with numerous white markings and numbers. Top of the ruler is in three sections with the centre section movable by small gold metal knobs at either end.

Historical information

The Mark II Pilot Balloon Slide Rule was made of wood laminated with heavy white plastic with a length of 24.5-in. and width of 2.5 inches. Mark II rules were manufactured in Australia by W & G (Melbourne). The W & G rule differs only slightly from the English A. G. Thornton LTD rule. The W & G rule uses serif fonts and has some fiducial marks that the English rule lacks. Exact dates of production are not known but the MK II is known to have started production by 1927. The printed scales are engraved in the plastic faces. The slide rule has 4 captive cursors (glass windows and brass guides) that ride in slots on the top and bottom edges. Each can be moved independently of one another. The cursors are missing from this item. Brass knobs at both ends of the slide facilitate its movement. The case is fabric covered wood with felt lining. No known history for this item as located in house after purchase.

Significance

The Pilot Balloon slide rule is used to convert the observed azimuth and elevation readings into wind velocity and direction records.

Inscriptions & Markings

This slide rule contains a engraved notation on the rear face "IMPORTANT. NORMALLY NUMBER OF GRATICULE SCALE DIVISIONS PER RADIAN (K) X LENGTH OF TAIL IN FEET (I) = 12X 105. IN OTHER CASES MULTIPLY GRATICULE READINGS BY 1.2/KI BEFORE CALCULATION ON RULE" Top of Slide Rule - RAAF Ident No G268/480 Serial WG/22

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book - AIF 24th Australian Infantry Battalion - Pictorial Battle History

Key words

24th battalion
ww2
new guinea
bougainville

Beige cardboard dust cover with title in grey and red writing and red and white diamond with grey surround lower left corner. Inside cover contains two maps which have three photocopies

Historical information

This pictorial battle history book contains two maps, sketches of characters "Bluey and Curley" and Nominal Roll of personnel who served overseas with the 24th Battalion in New Guinea and Bougainville during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nelson Dinning - handwritten top right corner of cover Inside Dedication - This book is dedicated to our fallen comrades Lest we forget Inside Foreword by Lieutenant General S G Saviage, CB, CBE, DSO, MC.ED

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed photograph - 2/6 Australian ARES REGT

Key words

2/6 australian ares regiment
army reserve

black metal frame with white mount containing reproduced photograph of regimental soldiers

Historical information

Image of soldiers of the 2/6 Australian ARES Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

2/6 Australian ARES REGT

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

ww2
japanese surrender
borneo
hmas burdekin

Black and white photograph of distant ship at sea

Historical information

PHOTOGRAPH IS PART OF COLLECTION TAKEN ON 8 SEPTEMBER 1945 AT THE SIGNING OF THE SURRENDER OF THE JAPANESE FORCES IN DUTCH BORNEO ON BOARD HMAS BURDEKIN. THE SURRENDER WAS ACCEPTED BY MAJOR-GENERAL E.J. MILFORD, GOC 7TH DIVISION, AIF NEAR BALIKPAPAN.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

2/24th battalion
wangaratta

Colour photograph of 14 men in two rows with Australian flag in background.

Historical information

Image depicts a group of 14 men who served with the 2/24 Battalion during World War 2 attending annual reunion in Wangaratta in November 2002. They include:- VX24987 Clifford GIERSCH DOB 16/12/1918 POB Culcairn; Bill WILLIAMS; VX15247 Alan MacFARLANE DOB 13/9/1908 POB England; VX43349 Leslie HANSEN DOB 26/1/1920 POB Coburg POW 5/1941; VX34601 Murray BURLES DOB 12/9/1919 POB Hobart; VX44006 Robert CLARK DOB 15/1/1920 POB Glenhuntly; VX34767 Thomas ANDERSON DOB 31/5/1914 POB Hamilton POW 5/1941 VX34505 James HUGHES DOB 28/5/1920 POB Castlemaine POW 5/1941; VX31279 Eric EDWARDS DOB 3/8/1916 POB Mordialloc POW 1/5/1941 VX29686 Gordon POIDEVIN DOB 30/3/1917 POB Corowa POW 3/5/1941; VX34760 Reginald GUNNING DOB 29/1/1919 POB Branxholme VX46233 Robert KEE DOB 10/11/1916 POB Sydney; VX45356 Douglas GRAY DOB 16/8/1918 POB Bendigo (Bugler) VX40320 Edgar SHILLING DOB 12/7/1918 POB England;

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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Ration Book

Key words

ration book
wwii
world war 2

Yellowing book with seal on top right hand corner saying "Official Paid". "Ration Book Supplement" on top left hand corner.

Historical information

Reproduction of a wartime Ration Book from magazine entitled Images of War 1939-1945 The Real Story of World War II - A Marshall Cavendish Collection in association with the Imperial War Museum. Issue 1 Volume 1

Inscriptions & Markings

Ministry of Food, Ration Book Supplement in the name William R. Herring, 1 Walton Way Mitcham 7 July 1941. Class & Serial No: RBIPP609997.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge

Key words

rsl
lapel pin

Gold lapel badge with red white and blue enamel.

Historical information

RSL Lapel Pin V13056 - issued to Dorothy Kiely

Inscriptions & Markings

Returned & Services League Australia rear - V13056

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Envelope

Key words

ww2
pow
private peter alan anderson vx 33905
2/24th batt
2/29th batt

Cream paper envelope with censor stamp and sticker

Historical information

One of several letters sent to Mrs M MacDonald of Grey Street Wangaratta by soldiers during the second world war. This one is from Private Peter Alan ANDERSON VX 33905 Born 17/2/1910 Enlisted 21/2/1941 Served with 2/24th and 2/29th Battalions Prisoner of War - B Force / Japanese Died 25/2/1945 due to illness in Borneo - Labuan Memorial Malaya - POW No 282

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 - By air mail Left side - AIF Censor stamp and sticker along fold "Opened by Censor" Right side - Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Rear VX33905 Pte P Anderson R.O.D A.I.F Malaya

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

ww2
japanese surrender
borneo
hmas burdekin

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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Assorted cards and photographs

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
christmas wishes
photograph
moustache
sepia
ypres
wattle land
australia
magpie cigarettes

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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge - 1914 Imperial Reservists

Key words

wwi
world war 1
imperial reservists
australia

Gold badge with crown on top, blue around outside, with Union Jack and Red Ensign in the middle. Has a horse shoe hook on back with a number.

Significance

British Imperial Reservists (IRs) who were living in Australia were recalled to the British Expeditionary Forces in World War One (WWI). Reservists sailed from Melbourne, Victoria on the HMAT Miltiades as part of the first convoy (Convoy 1) of troops leaving Australia in October 1914.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: 1914 Imperial reservists Assn, Australia. On back: One has 96, the other 69.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book - Aussie - The Australian Soldier's Magazine

Key words

aussie - the australian soldiers magazine
1918
ww1

Book of cream coloured pages with two columns of writing with pictures. Book contains a collection of magazines Volumes 1 - 13

Historical information

This book is a collection of magazines entitled Aussie - The Australian Soldier's Magazine Volumes 1 - 13 Dated January 1918 to April, 1919 Price 10 centimes and are a collection of stories, poems and Aussie humour.

Significance

The magazines are the originals that were printed at the time 1918-1919 and they have been bound into a collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Aussie

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Key words

guinea gold
newspaper
ww2

Four page cream coloured newspaper with black print and photographs.

Historical information

Four page newspaper containing news from home published in the field

Inscriptions & Markings

Guinea Gold Volume 1 No 361 In the Field Sunday November 14, 1943

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
1917
the flags of the allies
belgium
russia
great britain
france
flag
birthday card
birthday
greeting

Colour postcard (portrait orientation) with flags of the allies, ivy and flowers above a birthday greeting. 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: "To wish you a glorious birthday / sheltered form all worldly strife / may your life guarded be / and only days of sweet content / i would wish for thee"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour Patches - 8th Light Horse

Key words

wwi
world war 1
light horse
8th regiment

Horizontally aligned rectangular colour patch for 8 Light Horse Regiment, AIF, divided diagonally yellow (left) below light blue.

Historical information

Army Unit Colour Patches were worn as a distinguishing unit indication at the top of each sleeve from 1916.The 8th Light Horse Regiment was formed as part of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade, 3rd Contingent and attached to the Australian Division. Made up of men drawn from the 3rd Military District [Victoria], the 8th Light Horse Regiment was established at the Broadmeadows Training Camp in Melbourne, Victoria.

Significance

The Army Unit Colour Patches (UCP) were orginally designed in a simple manner,allowing other member to easily identify the member's unit, division and battalion. A UCP is worn on the puggaree of the slouch hat whilst the Unit Shoulder Patch will incorporate the UCP normally with a border showing the unit's superior HQ.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed caricature - Nancy Wake

Key words

nancy wake
ww2
white mouse
australian servicewoman

Brown timber frame containing caricature of female in uniform wearing a beret

Historical information

Caricature image of war hero and Australia's most decorated servicewoman Nancy Wake

Significance

Australian born Nancy Wake AC, GM, was the most decorated servicewoman of the Second World War. She was nicknamed the 'White Mouse' for her ability to consistently evade and outmanoeuvre the Gestapo as a secret agent for British forces.

Inscriptions & Markings

Medals and Decorations: France: U.S.A War Hero - Australia's most decorated woman Great Britain - George Medal/1939-45 Star Legion de Honneur Freedom Medal France & Germany Star Croix de Guerre Defence Medal/Victory Medal Medal de Resistance

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Medal in white box - Corporal Percy Kiely

Key words

tobruk
t medal
ww2
percy kiely
2/23rd battalion

T shape medal in silver metal with cream coloured ribbon with red and light blue strip

Historical information

The Tobruk Siege Medal is an unofficial award issued by the "Rats of Tobruk" Association in 1977 to troops who were in action during the Siege of Tobruk between April and December 1941. Medal issued posthumously to Corporal Percy Angus KIELY VX48300 Born 30/1/1906 at Wangaratta who served with 2/23 Battalion in the MIddle East and New Guinea. Percy died on 25/4/44 from a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage when struck by a falling limb of a tree on 21/4/44 at Whitfield.

Significance

The Tobruk Siege Medal is an unofficial award issued by the "Rats of Tobruk" Association in 1977. The Tobruk Siege medal known as the T medal was issued to Australian, British, Indian, New Zealand and Polish troops who were in action during the Siege of Tobruk between April and December 1941.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tobruk Seige 1941

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta