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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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Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Resting enroute to Bonegilla

Plaque

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Stones mounted on brown timber with black plaque attached

Inscriptions & Markings

ANZAC beach Gallipoli April 25 1990

Coin

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round silver coin with bust of woman - ANNA DEI GRATIA - silver chain attached Reverse side - Crowned shields - with arms of England and Scotland impaled at top and bottom, Ireland at left and France at right, forming a cross shape with the badge of the Star of the Garter at the centre; around, MAG BRI FR ET HIB REG 1711, the date being divided by a crown.

Historical information

Circa 1711 Queen Anne silver shilling coin

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dinner menu. Paper based with plastic laminate.

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.

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

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mini postcard with a blue grey design.

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 "situation shortly vacant / with good prospects of a rise"

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "fond thoughts of you"

Leather Belt with Clip Clasp

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown leather belt with brass clip clasp and brass adjustments, brown stitching that has faded.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Canvass belt and holster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki canvass belt with metal buckle and revolver holster

Historical information

Army canvass belt with revolver holster

Citation - Military Medal

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream coloured citation with Australian Coat of Arms above black type contained in black border.

Historical information

During the attack on Polygon Wood Belgium on 20th September 1917 Pte Sandow displayed conspicuous gallantry - He was an operator on Amplification and Power Buzzer Station in a chain of communication and in the enemy barrage he patrolled and repaired lines and earths utterly regardless of personal danger. While in the performance of his duty his leg was shot away. He however completed his task. It was largely due to this man's effort that good communication was maintained. Private Sandow died of wounds on 22 September 1917 and was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Military Medal 1120 Private Roy Llewellyn Sandow 5th Australian Infantry Battalion attached 1st Australian Divisional Signal Company 1st Australian Division

Watch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on rear of watch - ARW 409630 RAAF

Rising Sun Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced photograph of soldiers marching along street lined with parked vehicles

Historical information

Members of the 2/24th Battalion marching in Wangaratta. The Unit was raised in Wangaratta in July 1940 and the photograph was taken in late 1940 prior to overseas deployment to the middle east during WW2

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

Handwritten on rear - 2/24th Marching in Wangaratta late 1940

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large black and white photograph of large number of men in suits marching in formation along main street.

Historical information

Anzac Day Parade in Wangaratta possibly early 1950's.

Significance

Anzac Day Parade in Wangaratta

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of unknown soldiers sitting on the ground in bush land.

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

Night bivouac enroute to Bonegilla

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Framed Map - Kokoda Trail

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black frame containing map of terrain in black on white paper

Historical information

Map of the Kokoda Trail terrain to scale with approximate travel times depending on fitness and conditions.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Kokoda Trail

Tin containing personal papers

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Coloured metal tin depicting English cottage scene containing poems and a letter

Historical information

Letter dated 5.9.1945 from Jack Corrigan of Lower Buckland via Porepunkah to Jim. Poem entitled Wishful Thinking handwritten on Salvation Army/ACF/YMCA paper (in duplicate) Poem entitled My Prayer handwritten in pencil on lined paper. Two newspaper photos - soldiers wading through river / japanese prisoners of war

Inscriptions & Markings

Letter dated 5.9.1945 from Jack Corrigan of Lower Buckland via Porepunkah to Jim. Poem entitled Wishful Thinking handwritten on Salvation Army/ACF/YMCA paper (in duplicate) Poem entitled My Prayer handwritten in pencil on lined paper.

WWII Helmet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki in colour, dark brown leather plastic coated canvas inserts, with pale khaki cloth chin strap

Inscriptions & Markings

W. Hill has been scratched into the underside brim

Folder Defence Service Record - John Hudson Wilkinson

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White and green folder with a sprig of rosemary above large group of soldiers.

Historical information

Defence records belonging to 400444 John Hudson WILKINSON born 18./2/1914 at Rutherglen. He was a Pharmaceutical Chemist prior to enlisting in the RAAF on 2/9/1940 Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross - citation reads Pilot Officer Wilkinson is an air gunner of great ability and determination. He has taken part in a large number of operational sorties many of which have been against some of German's most heavily defended targets. On one occasion in March 1944 when engaged n an attack on Stuttgart a Junkers 88 attacked his aircraft five times but Pilot Officer Wilkinson by his accurate directions to his captain and coolly aimed return fire drove ff the enemy aircraft in a badly damaged condition. At all times his unwavering devotion to duty and constant alertness have inspired confidence in his crew. Killed in battle over Europe on 30/8/1944.

Inscriptions & Markings

Defence Service Records National Archives of Australia

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard (portrait orientation) with embroidered cross representing flags and colours of different countries. Flower and foliate decoration beneath. Handwritten message on back

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "THE CROSS OF THE ALLIES" (embroidered) Back: "to Enid from Dad / best love little girlie xxxxxx"

Army Education Journal - SALT

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small grey and red journal with photograph of male soldier wearing turban.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 5 No 6 23 Nov, 1942

Postcards and photographs

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Ten postcards - five coloured postcards and five black and white postcards Three photographs of soldiers, one seated, one standing and one on horseback. One photograph of female. Four envelopes Twenty-five photographs

Historical information

Postcards dated 1917 sent to Private J W ELLIS 5334 during WW1. Born: Rupanyup. Home Town: Nyarrin Occupation: Farmer Enlisted 1915 aged 37 24th Battalion Fought on the Western Front. Wounded and returned to Australia 16/4/1918. Buried at Wangaratta Cemetery

Inscriptions & Markings

Photograph of female has handwritten inscription on front - Yours Sincerely Theresa 7-8-1916 Two envelopes address to J W ELLIS and one to Miss Jean Heap 21/25 photographs have handwritten inscriptions on rear and dated between 1915-1917

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.

Framed Print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed print of a ship surrounded by signatures in white paint

Historical information

SS SUEVIC 1901-1942 White Star Line

Inscriptions & Markings

SS SUVIC Commander Edwin English

Photographs

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Four small black and white unframed photographs 1. Male standing with white towel around waist in front of row of tents 2. Group of soldiers with hill in background 3&4 Identical photographs - three white grave crosses with soldiers behind. Grave sites of T. Hope M. Fisher and T.M.Brown

Historical information

Photographs located in personal items belonging to John Brian MURRAY VX142238

Framed print - Catalina Flying Boat

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalina Flying Boat Royal Australian Air Force

Coat - Army

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khahi Army Great Coat with Australian Army Buttons

Historical information

Khaki Army Great Coat made in 1941

Inscriptions & Markings

J FERRIS ...?58019

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two page cream coloured newspaper with black print.

Historical information

Two page newspaper containing news from home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Edition Guinea Gold Volume 3 No 272 Friday August 171945

Framed Medals - Private Roy SANDOW MM

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown wooden frame containing round metal disc and four metal medals with ribbons mounted on red velvet.

Historical information

5th Battalion + Original MM Private Roy Llewellyn Sandow enlisted on the 19th September 1914 and posted to the 5th Battalion AIF. He was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery at Polygon Wood, Belgium on 20th September 1917 and died of his wounds on 22nd September 1917 Private Sandow's family received of a memorial plaque which is inscribed - He Died for Freedom and Honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bronze Plaque Service Number 1120 Pte. Roy L. Sandow MM 5th Battalion AIF Enlisted 19th September 19th September 1914 Awarded Military Medal 20.9.1917 Polygon Wood Belguim Died of Wounds 22.9.1917