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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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+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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1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

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Plate

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small rectangular metal plate with enamel coloured flags

Historical information

Plate with series of flags embossed. Flags include parts of Japanese flag, Italian flag, Union Jack, French flag Other flags are unknown

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Hand Grenade

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Oval shaped green metal object with lever on top with ring pin attached.

Historical information

Inert Australian made Hand Grenade used in the Vietnam War

Framed Documents - Japanese Surrender - 9 September 1945

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black plastic frame containing cream coloured paper documents x 3 on black background.

Historical information

LIEUTENANT GENERAL (LT GEN) FUSATARO TESHIMA, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, JAPANESE SECOND ARMY, SURRENDERED TO GENERAL SIR THOMAS A. BLAMEY, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCE, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA. A SURRENDER CEREMONY WAS HELD ON SEPTEMBER 9 1945 AT 1 CORPS SPORTS GROUND ON MOROTAI. LT GEN TESHIMA WAS ACCOMPANIED BY CAPTAIN TOYIMA, WHO SIGNED FOR THE JAPANESE NAVY.

Significance

The surrender of Imperial Japan was announced on August 15 and formally signed on September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close. There were a number of surrender ceremonies including Morotai on September 9 1945,

Inscriptions & Markings

Donated by Jean Hughes of Wangaratta on behalf of her husband ROWLAND J HUGHES VX 51510

Army Education Journal - SALT

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small red and purple journal with sketch of a soldier and sailor on front cover.

Historical information

Educational Journal published and distributed free fortnightly to Australian and Allied troops during WW2 1941-1946

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 6 No 13 30 Aug, 1943

Ticket

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream coloured parchment with fluted edging, blue printed wording with yellow and blue diagonal strip top left corner.

Historical information

Wangaratta Troop 8th Light Horse Annual Ball St Patrick's Hall Wangaratta, Tuesday June 11, 1940 - SSM W.A. McDonald, Hon Sec Tickets 3/-. The Ball was planned but was cancelled due to the War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Troop 8th Light Horse Annual Ball Tuesday June 11 1940

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with sketch of palm trees and hut on left of scroll.

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war sent to Mrs MacDonald of 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 Top left - AIF Censor stamp Right side Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia

Framed Poster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed yellow poster with brown coloured hat and downward facing rifles either side of an open book.

Historical information

Honour Roll of ANZAC Forces who perished in Vietnam

Inscriptions & Markings

"In Rememberance of Anzac Forces in Vietnam/The Tide is Turning/Roll of Honour Australia/Roll of Honour New Zealand"

Honor Book - Docker's Plains

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

A brown velvet covered book with gold edged pages written in fine calligraphy depicting the history of past pupils who offered for War service in the 1914-1918 war.

Historical information

This is a velvet covered book with gold edged pages beautifully written in fine calligraphy depicting the history of all the pupils who offered for War service in the 1914-1918 war. Nurse Alice M Byrne, William Thomas Byrne, Richard Cummins, George Delaney, William George Elliot (Military Medal), Stanley William Grossman,29th Battalion; Alexander Cluny McDonald, Albert Arthur Perkins,KIA 1/10/1917; Harry Perkins,37th and 38th Battalions; Frederick Perkins,37th Battalion; Sydney Spencer Plum, Leslie George Richardson,trained at Wangaratta before contracting menigitis and died 25/6/1916; John Claude Smith,18th Battalion KIA 18/4/1916;

Significance

This is a velvet covered book with gold edged pages beautifully written in fine calligraphy by Docker's Plains Head Teacher Mr Thomas Kidman, recording the military history of all the pupils at Docker's Plains State School who offered for War service in the 1914-1918 war. . Fixed inside the book's back cover are four original newspaper articles, two relating to the unveiling of the Honour Roll and Book at the children's annual picnic held on 17/10/1921 and dated 19/10/1921. The other two articles relate to the death and funeral of Albert D Lowerson VC of Myrtleford in 1946.The school was closed in 1949 and no longer exists

Inscriptions & Markings

Docker's Plains Honor Book

Badges - Australia x 5

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Three metal "Australia" badges with metal pins at side.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia

Brassard - Interfet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dark green army brassard with three patches.

Historical information

INTERFET (International Force East Timor) brassard worn by all service personnel from all participating nations in Timor between October 1999 and February 2000, prior to the United Nations resuming control. INTERFET was commanded by an Australian, Major General Peter Cosgrove and approximately 7000 Australian service personnel were deployed.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian flag patch, Interfet patch, International Force East Timor Peace patch.

Medal - M Carey

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brass coloured star shaped medal with red blue green and black ribbon

Historical information

The Pacific Star medal awarded to VX82161 Private Michael Vincent CAREY - Born 20/4/1914 at Beechworth where he enlisted in the Army on 15/12/1941 and served with the 2/12 Australian Infantry Battalion during the second world war. He was discharged on 11/12/1945.

Significance

Pacific Star medal awarded to Private Michael Vincent CAREY VX82161 in recognition of his service during the second world war.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Pacific Star Rear - VX82161 M Carey

Leather Holster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown leather revolver holster with metal loop on the back, metal hook & button

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two page cream coloured newspaper with black print and photograph.

Historical information

Two page newspaper containing news from home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Edition Guinea Gold Volume 3 No 19 In the Field Thursday December 7 1944

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two page cream coloured newspaper with black print and photograph.

Historical information

Two page newspaper containing news from home published in the field

Inscriptions & Markings

Guinea Gold Northern Edition (Australian) Volume 2 No 28 In the Field Thursday December 16 1943

Magazine - Aussie - The Australian Soldier's Magazine

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Magazine of cream colour pages with sketch of soldier with rifle

Historical information

Magazine No 12 of 13 Printed in the field by the AIF Printing Section during WW1 Price 10 centimes

Inscriptions & Markings

Top - No. 12 March 1919 Centre - Aussie

Field Sketch - Camp Kilo 89 Area

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Field sketch of Camp "Kilo 89" Area.

Historical information

Collection of assorted Army issued books and personal paper including hand sketch of 'Kilo 89' Camp in Palestine belonging to Private Alfred VONARX VX29295 who was born at Docker Plains near Wangaratta. He enlisted on the 4/7/1940 at Seymour and served with the Security Battalion.

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.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour illustration depicting four women in evening wear (each representing the flags of the allies) watching a soldier on a stage. Handwritten message on the 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: "We all think you're acting fine / Joue bien ton role, Tommy!"

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Bearcat F5F. Dark blue with white stars, writing & markings.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

G8

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

AMF Certificate of Discharge certifying VX 142238 Private John Brian Murray 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Certificate of Discharge - No 554111

Framed medal - P J DWYER

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black timber frame with red felt mount containing silver metal medal attached to blue red and yellow ribbon and black plaque

Historical information

Original medal belonging to P J Dwyer A118573

Inscriptions & Markings

A118573 P J DWYER No 1 Op Support Unit

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"

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.

Book - Propeller Log Book

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Grey cardboard book with spine bound in blue fabric

Historical information

Australian Army Cessna used during Vietnam War - Logbook contains service history between 1/5/1978 to 28/1/2011 when propeller was removed from aircraft. Contained inside sleeve attached to inside rear cover is cardboard record detailing service history between 17/7/1967 and 6/8/1974

Inscriptions & Markings

Symbol containing Department of Transport Australia Propeller Log Book Serial No 61209 Log Book No One

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with sketch of man running toward sign

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war and sent to Mrs McDonald 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 Centre - AIF Censor stamp Right side Mrs M McDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Left side "Beer Issue on at 1900hrs" Bottom "Boy OH Boy I'll be in on that"

Framed Flag

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black timber frame containing red cloth with white star and crescent.

Historical information

Turkish Flag

Framed photocopy of Instrument of Surrender of Japanese Forces Singapore

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black frame with silver insert with glass of a photocopy of the Instrument of Surrender of the Japanese Forces. Script is in black on white paper with a red square seal at the bottom left, mounted on cream board.

Historical information

The Instrument of Surrender signed at Singapore by Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten for the Allies and General Itagaki for the Japanese. During his time as Supreme Allied Commander of the Southeast Asia Theatre, Lord Mountbatten's command oversaw the recapture of Burma. A personal high point was the receipt of the Japanese surrender in Singapore when British troops returned to the island to receive the formal surrender of Japanese forces in the region led by General Itagaki on 12 September 1945, codenamed Operation Tiderace. General Itagaki was convicted of war crimes and executed inn 1948.

Significance

The surrender of Imperial Japan was announced on August 15 and formally signed on September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close.Following the war, Mountbatten was known to have largely shunned the Japanese for the rest of his life out of respect for his men killed during the war, and as per his will, Japan was not invited to send diplomatic representatives to his funeral in 1979,

Inscriptions & Markings

Instrument of surrender of Japanese Forces 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 at 0341 hours (G.M.T.) on 12 September, 1945.

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

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white unframed photograph of 14 men wearing suits and ties standing under RSL Logo shield.

Historical information

Members of the Wangaratta RSL - D Gray, G Poidenven, A MacFarlane, B Clark, T Anderson, M Burles, W Williams, L Hansen and others

Significance

Established over a century ago, the Wangaratta RSL is one of the oldest and largest sub-branches in Victoria. This photograph shows local veterans in front of the club at a social event during the 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rear - June 23rd 1954

Framed Poster - Siege of Tobruk

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black plastic frame containing photocopy of Map in centre with circles in each corner with images of soldiers and a symbol in lower right corner.

Historical information

Siege of Tobruk 1941 Limited Edition Poster No. 0768 produced for the World Reunion of the Rats of Tobruk Association 1980

Significance

Commemorates the Battle of Tobruk

Inscriptions & Markings

Biographies of: Major General Leslie J Morshead - Tobruk Fortress Commander and Lieut General Erwin Rommel - Commander, German Afrika Korps. Map of Battle Zone. Lithographic of Corporal J.H.Edmonson VC - 2/17 Battalion.

Army Education Journal - SALT

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small red and blue journal with sketch of a soldier in a slouch hat holding two fingers up.

Historical information

Educational Journal published and distributed free fortnightly to Australian and Allied troops during WW2 1941-1946

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 7 No 2 27 Sept, 1943 Special Second Birthday Issue

Magazine - Images of War 1939-1945 The Real Story of World War II

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Red black and white magazine - cover depicting withdrawal from Dunkirk

Historical information

Magazine Issue 1 volume ! and part of " A Marshall Cavendish Collection in association with the Imperial War Museum".

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two brass coloured metal badges in shape of a propeller - one badge slightly larger appears handmade (trench art) from silver metal. and has rear clips attached.

Historical information

WW2 propeller badges - larger of the two badges has appearance of trench art; the other manufactured

Badge - Large Gold "L"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large gold coloured metal badge, possibly for a hat or to attach a sash. Has an "L" in the centre and leaves on the bottom. The "L" is removable.

Inscriptions & Markings

A large "L" which is removable in the centre.

Framed Photograph and Medals - L.Cpl. Harold Prest M.M.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with maroon felt mount containing photograph,three medals with ribbons and metal plaque

Historical information

Photograph of L.Cpl. Harold Pearson Prest M.M. Service Number: 1334 Enlisted 24/3/1916 Embarked on 3/6/1916 on board "Persic" Returned on 20/12/1917 37th. Battalion A.I.F Awarded Military Medal for Bravery Ypres, Belgium 4th of October 1917 Harold's brother George PREST 1333 served with the 38th Battalion

Inscriptions & Markings

L.Cpl. Harold P. Prest M.M. Service Number: 1334 37th. Battalion A.I.F Enlisted 24th March 1916 Awarded Military Medal for Bravery Ypres, Belguim 4th of October 1917

Booklet - Wangaratta RSL Club Rules and By-Laws

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small green booklet with black writing and RSL Logo

Historical information

Wangaratta RSL Club Rules and By-Laws - approved by a meeting held on Tuesday 2nd November,1976. President - N Hemphill Secretary - J S Marsh

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta RSL Club RULES and By-Laws Reid Street Wangaratta

Mortar Sight

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large green coloured metal case with canvas carry strap containing 3 INCH Mortar Sight MK2

Inscriptions & Markings

Outside: Case No 2 MK 2 C.M. 1019. A. Distinctive Products Pty Ltd When replacing sight in case SET Sight Lensatic to Horizontal & Zero, Dial Plate to Zero, Drum to Max. Range INSIDE: Contents of case Sight 3" Mortar Mk. 2 or Sight S.B 4.2 Mortar MK. 3 and Screwdriver No 7 Director Mk 2/L. (W/O cord, disc or eye) Thimbles, Luminous, Mk. 1. X 3 Bubble, spirit, cased, no.10 MK.1

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

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour illustration of a small African child emerging from an egg. Blue egg cup. Yellow background with red text. Handwritten message on the 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: "I am coming of of my Shell at / Melbourne / Good e'en to you, my hearty! Don't put yourself about, I've come to join your party, And mother knows I'm out"

Army Slouch Hat

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Slouch Hat - made of fur felt with an 8 fold hat band (puggaree) it has the blue/gold unit badge on the band denoting the 8th Light Horse brigade with a leather chin strap. The right hand side is held by a brass rising sun badge.

Historical information

History has it that the origins of the Slouch Hat began with the Victorian Mounted Rifles; a hat of similar design had been worn in South Africa by the Cape Mounted Rifles for many years before 1885. The design of the Victorian Mounted Rifle hat originated from headgear of native police in Burma where Lieutenant-Colonel Tom Price had recognised its value. The Victorian hat was an ordinary bush felt hat turned up on the right side. The intention of turning up the right side of the hat was to ensure it would not be caught during the drill movement of “shoulder arms” from “order arms”.

Significance

The Slouch Hat became standard issue headdress in 1903 and its brim position was mostly standardised. The slouch hat became a famous symbol of the Australian fighting man during World War One and continued to be worn throughout World War Two. Its use since that time has made it a national symbol.

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

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge with green background and black text and figures. Six soldiers are silhouetted next to a tree. Safety pin clasp on back.

Historical information

Badge commemorating the Sandakan death marches, one of the worst atrocities suffered by Australian troops during WWII.

Inscriptions & Markings

"LEST WE FORGET" "Sandakan Ranau / Death March"

Framed Letter - RS&SIL Wangaratta Branch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black timber frame with gold painted inner edge containing photocopy of original letter dated August 17th 1921 with inscription in blue ink below.

Historical information

Letter dated August 17th, 1921 from David Langlands Chair of the Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hall Committee, Wangaratta Branch advising the work has been completed and the memorial tablets and stone in commemoration of those that gave their lives and those who served from the town and district have been erected within the Hall however a further 150 pounds was required to complete the payment and asking for aid in this matter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jan 12th 2003 secretary Wangaratta RSL I discovered this document in some old papers and thought it may be of interest to you so have photocopied. David Evans Redcamp Moyhu

Framed print - ANZACS at War

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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.

Envelope

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

black and white photograph of 9 airmen

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.

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"

Framed Tribute - Rats of Tobruk

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black timber frame containing white paper with black type.

Historical information

Short overview on the Rats of Tobruk and members of the 9th Division known as the Glorious Ninth who served during the siege of Tobruk during WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

Rats of Tobruk Lest We Forget