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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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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

Brass Shell Casing

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brass shell casing 1955 40 ml. and gold coloured plaque with black writing.

Inscriptions & Markings

40mm. MK4. LOT 428 MF A^N 1955. Plaque: Bofers 40mm Mk II Anti-Aircraft Gun Dated 1955.

Badges - Rising Sun

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Nine small & three large Rising Sun badges. Some have pins & attachments & others are missing them.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces

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 postcard was written by William West to his wife, Alice. 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.

Significance

Postcards from the First World War often reveal the enduring devotion and passion of troops and their loved ones at home. A collection of his correspondence with home is held by the Wangaratta RSL, offering insight into this family's personal experience of long-term separation.

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Aeronica C3. Khaki bi-wing plane with yellow wings & tail. Red nose & wheels. Has red, white & blue stars on top wing.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

U.S. Army underneath bottom wing.

Booklet - Souvenir of "Der Tag" and the downfall of Kaiserism - A collection of Unique War Records

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Orange booklet with caricature a German Soldier

Historical information

Contains unique records pertaining to WW1

Australian Defence Force Ration Pack

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Australian Defence Force Combat Ration pack for one man. Contains 30 items: tomato soup, processed cheddar cheese, blackberry fruits spread, sweetened condensed milk, cream cracker buscuits, scotch finger biscuits, instant coffee x2, chocolate drinking powder, sugar x8, mixed berry beverage powder, Cottee's cordial powder, tropical fruit grains, salt, pepper, sweet chilli sauce, tabasco sauce, arrowmint chewing gum, tangerine lemon lollies, toothpicks, scourer, napkins, bottle opener.

Historical information

A field ration, combat ration or ration pack is a canned or pre-packaged meal, easily prepared and eaten, transported by military troops on the battlefield. They are distinguished from regular military rations by virtue of being designed for minimal preparation in the field, using canned, pre-cooked or freeze-dried foods, powdered beverage mixes and concentrated food bars, as well as for long shelf life.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Defence Force Combat Ration (One Man) contents list.

Framed print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black timber frame containing coloured caricature of saluting Army Officer with flag in background.

Historical information

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 II. Born 12 July 1907 Major Plains, Victoria Died 2 July 1993 (aged 85) Service/branch Australian Army Years of service 1935–1946 Rank Colonel Unit Royal Australian Army Medical Corps 2/2nd Casualty Clearing Station Commands held No.1 Allied General Hospital Battles/wars World War II Battle of Greece North African Campaign Syria-Lebanon campaign South West Pacific New Guinea Campaign South East Asia Campaign Awards Companion of the Order of Australia Knight Bachelor Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George Officer of the Order of the British Empire Knight of the Venerable Order of Saint John Mentioned in Despatches

Inscriptions & Markings

Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop - Anzac Day 1993 Print No 455 of 500

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

Pocket Book - A.R. Sharrock

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Red canvass covered pocket book

Historical information

Pocket book belonging to WO2 A.R. SHARROCK VX142263 DOB 13/7/11

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian Soldiers Pocket Book Gift from The Australian Comforts Fund 1944

Bicycle Repair Kit

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small metal tin with two wire clips

Historical information

WW1 Bicycle repair kit

Book - Aussie - The Australian Soldier's Magazine

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

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 Printed in the field by the AIF Printing Section during WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

Aussie

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of a soldier pointing to a mosquito

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war and 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 - BY AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp and signature Right side - Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Bottom - "Hey who let this thing in?"

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard, blue / green colour scheme. Map of Australia in central frame surrounded by native Australian animals in a bush setting: kangaroo, emu, currawong / magpie, kookaburra. Above them is a rising sun. The central frame is actually a flap but whatever it may have concealed beneath is now lost. 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.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour illustration of a black hen sitting on a crate of straw. Green palings in background. Round insert with a 'old style' red mail box. 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'm just dropping this in the box for you"

Framed Photograph and Medals - Private Percy Albert TIPPETT 483

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame with photograph of solider, four medals with ribbons and death penny

Historical information

Memorial plaque or death penny, medals and photograph of Private Percy Albert TIPPETT 483 who served with the 6th Battalion AIF and was wounded on the 25/4/15 during the initial landing at Gallipoli and died on 28/4/1915.

Significance

Percy, aged 19, was one of the first young men from Wangaratta to enlist in the First AIF, Service No. 483. He was posted to the 6th Infantry Battalion on 19th October 1914 and sailed from Melbourne on HMAT Hororata. On 25th April 1915, Percy was in the initial landings at Gallipoli when he was seriously wounded. He was retrieved and taken to a transport ship for medical attention but unfortunately did not respond to treatment and died from his wounds on 28th April 1915. The Tippet family has a long and direct association with the land where the memory of Percy is commemorated and now known as 'Percy Tippet Reserve`.

Inscriptions & Markings

Medals include: The Victory Medal, The British War Medal, The Memorial Plaque and the 1914/15 Star

Bayonet Scabbard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Metal tipped long narrow brown leather sheath with woven cloth belt loop attachment.

Historical information

Australian bayonet scabbard

Inscriptions & Markings

"M A "- stamped on metal tip

Framed Map

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing black and white map. Has two squares top left side and lower half contains three circles.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Kokoda Trail

Leather Pouch - Pen Case

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Home made tan leather pen case for three pens. Has large yellowing stitching.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil.

Framed Photograph - 2/24 Battalion

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black plastic frame with green mount housing original black and white photograph of soldiers in four rows.

Historical information

Original black and white photograph donated by brother of Frank Percival SAVILLE VX34912 Born 4/4/1919 Enlisted 27/6/1940 and who served with the 2/24th Battalion during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque -Presented by H A Saville on behalf of his brother Frank P Saville VX34912 2/24 Battalion

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Lockheed Lightning P38. Silver medium model with red, blue & white stars on it's wings. Red & white stipes on tail.

Historical information

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

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with sketch of three tall palm trees in front of mountains

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes without letter sketched by soldier/s during the second world war and sent to Mrs McDonald 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 - By Air Mail Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Right side - Mrs M McDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph taken at Wangaratta Cenotaph on Anzac Day

Historical information

Anzac Day at Wangaratta Cenotaph - Syd Marsh and Ron Graham said to be standing under tree in middle of photograph

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written on rear of photograph - Syd Marsh and Ron Graham standing under tree in middle of photo

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of large group of soldiers having a meal. Soldiers are seated in the foreground and five standing behind. Nearly all have shirts removed.

Historical information

SATTELBERG AREA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-11-15. TROOPS OF THE 2/24TH. AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION EATING MEAL DURING A LULL IN THE BATTLE FOR SATTELBERG. THEY ARE: NX10044 ACTING SERGEANT Stewart COLDHAM. (1) VX68432 PRIVATE Harold ANQUETAL. (2) VX80603 PRIVATE Thomas. F. BRYCE. (3) VX41167 PRIVATE Samuel T. SHERLOCK. (4) VX28432 LANCE CORPORAL Kenneth G. NORRIS. (5) ACTING CORPORAL Ralph F. KENYON. (6) VX43055 SIGNALMAN Ernest W. HORNER. (7) NX33751 PRIVATE Arol. J. PEIRCY. (8) VX71588 SIGNALMAN Francis. J. KELLY. (9) VX26381 PRIVATE John BUNNETT. NX86910 SIGNALMAN Ronald E. AMERY. QX13958 SERGEANT James S. GREGORY. SX30255 PRIVATE Cyril MARSHALL VX29721 SIGNALMAN Martin W. REIDY.

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

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph of all aboriginal platoon in single file holding rifles.

Historical information

Aboriginal soldiers formed a special all volunteer platoon at No 9 Camp Wangaratta in Victoria from late 1940 until February 1941. No 9 Camp was set up at the Wangaratta Showgrounds to allow the formation of the 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion prior to leaving for Egypt. Major Joseph Albert Wright a WW1 Light Horse veteran was in charge of this platoon the only Aboriginal squad in the Australian Military Forces at that time. The soldiers from Lake Tyers enlisted at Caulfield between June and July 1940 include Harold Cornelius HAYES VX 48217 DOB 2/4/1916 Enlisted 25/7/40 Discharged 22/3/1941 Edward FOSTER VX48218 DOB 25/5/1921 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941 Noel Ernest HOOD VX48194 DOB 3/1/1919 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941 Edward Leslie MULLETT VX48199 DOB 30/6/1910 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941

Significance

Image relates to a "special platoon" based at No 9 Camp Wangaratta as being the Australian Army's first all Aboriginal Unit formed in 1940. The soldiers were all volunteers mainly from Lake Tyers in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Attached to rear - Abo Platoon by Colonel Rogers Wangaratta Dec 1940 - J A Wright 1940 Wang

Black Light Horse Leggings

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Pair black leather Light Horse leggings. Has long leather strap that winds around leg from calf to ankle. Has another strap at top of calf. Both leather straps have buckles.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Document - Lieut R.B. Harris

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Laminated photocopy of AMF document

Historical information

AMF Movement Order issued to Lieut R B HARRIS VX798 from Bandiana to Melbourne by train from Albury on 10 March 1945 and proceed to Royal Park.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Military Forces Movement Order VX 798 Lieut. Harris, R.B 2/4 Aust.Base Wkshops AEME Bandiana to Melbourne 10 Mar 45

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

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 Tribute - Gull Force

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with gold coloured inner edge containing badge and tribute on grey background

Historical information

On the night of 30-31 January 1942 this small force of 1131 Australian soldiers were stationed at Ambon, an island which formed part of the Netherland East Indies (now Indonesia). An invasion of approximately 20,000 Japanese overwhelmed Gull Force and the majority of the Australian soldiers were taken prisoner. The execution of 229 at Laha, starvation, over work, disease and the absence of medical supplies led to horrific loss. At the cessation of hostilities only 352 of the original 1131 had made it back to Australia. 779 members of Gull Force made the supreme sacrifice and now lie in foreign fields.

Significance

The Battle of Ambon (30 January – 3 February 1942) occurred on the island of Ambon in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), during World War II. Japan invaded and conquered the island in a few days, facing Dutch, American and Australian forces. The chaotic and sometimes bloody fighting was followed by a series of major Japanese war crimes. Allied casualties in the battle were relatively light. However, at intervals for a fortnight after the surrender, Japanese personnel chose more than 300 Australian and Dutch prisoners of war at random and summarily executed them, at or near Laha airfield. In part, this was revenge for the sinking of the Japanese minesweeper, as some surviving crew of the minesweeper took part.. Three-quarters of the Australians captured on Ambon died before the war's end. Of the 582 who remained on Ambon, 405 died. They died of overwork, malnutrition, disease and one of the most brutal regimes among camps in which bashings were routine. Blood Oath, a 1990 Australian feature film is based on the real-life trial of Japanese soldiers for war crimes committed against Allied prisoners of war on the island of Ambon, in the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), such as the Laha massacre of 1942.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gull Force 2/21 Battalion Ambon Laha In memory of and tribute to the Officers and Men of "Gull Force" comprising of 2/21 Battalion and attached Units.