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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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Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of three palm trees an ambulance and plane overhead with bomb exploding in distance.

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 Right side - Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Bottom - "The good samaritan" 1943

R.A.A.F. Fitters Manual II.A

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

RAAF Fitters Manual II.A belonging to Reid. L. TFR. Book has black binding with metal studs. Cover is a dirty cream colour with black writing.

Inscriptions & Markings

R.A.A.F. 2867. Fitters II.A Caprenter Riggers, Flight Riggers, Course Notes, Engineering School. Issue 3 - 1941. This book is R.A.A.F Property and is NOT TO BE REPRODUCED without authority. Inside cover written in ink is 57994 Reid. L. TFR Cowree 188D.

Ration Book

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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.

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of armed soldier on patrol in jungle terrain

Historical information

SATTELBERG AREA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-11-15. A PATROL OF THE 2/24TH. AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION LEAVING THE BATTALION LINES. SHOWN ARE: VX14320. PRIVATE A. W. M. CORCORAN. (1) VX75910 PRIVATE N. W. JONES. (2) VX33860 LIEUTENANT J. H. CAPLE. (3) VX75647 PRIVATE P. L. MATHIESON. (4) VX31579 CORPORAL R. W. WEBB. (5) VX75207 PRIVATE D. N. MUIR. (6) NX73554 PRIVATE H. T. ROCHE. (7) VX76785 PRIVATE R. W. RICE. (8)

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

Oral history interview - Margaret Redmond

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Framed certificate

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black plastic frame containing certificate with black and red writing below two symbols and picture of a building

Historical information

Certificate dated 30/6/1946 presented to Wangaratta Comforts Fund by RSS & AIL

Inscriptions & Markings

The Returned Sailors Soldiers and Airmen Imperial League Presented to Wangaratta Comforts Fund in grateful appreciation of meritorious service rendered to the RSL War Service Fund during 1939-1945.

Framed Photograph - HMAS Westralia

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silver frame containing black and white image of a ship at sea

Historical information

In 1943 Westralia was converted into a Landing Ship, Infantry. In this role, Westralia had a capacity of 933 soldiers, and was used primarily to transport units of the United States Army and Marine Corps. The ship arrived at Manus on 7th April 1945 befoe reaching Morotai on the 19th. The 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion embarked for attack on Tarakan Island, Borneo. On 1 May – After preliminary bombardment by two cruisers and six destroyers ,troops of 26th Australian Infantry Brigade were landed. After the end of the war, Westralia was one of the ships at Ambon on 22 September 1945 for the surrender and occupation of the island where the 164 survivors of Gull Force prisoners had already been taken off on 10 September. She was later used for the repatriation of Australian troops, before being paid off in September 1946. The ship earned five battle honours for her wartime service:

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold coloured plaque attached top right "HMAS Westralia" - 2/24th AUST INF BATT TARAKAN ISLAND BORNEO 1ST MAY, 1945

Bell

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brass Bell made from artillery shell casing

Honour Board - Wangaratta Sub Branch Office Bearers - President and Secretary

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber style laminate honour board five sided with RSL plague at top.

Historical information

List of years and names of Wangaratta Sub Branch Presidents and Secretaries from 1928 to present

Inscriptions & Markings

"Wangaratta Sub Branch" List of years and names of Presidents and Secretaries from 1928 to present

Framed Print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame surrounding green and brown print of four soldiers in a village.

Historical information

57/60 Battalion in action in Bougainville

Inscriptions & Markings

57/60 BTN in Action at Bougainville Loaned by 57/60 Btn Assoc. Donated by Roy Tobias M.M. 1999

Gas Mask

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Canvas bag containing Small Box Respirator consisting of a rubberised fabric face mask, connected by a fabric covered rubber hose to a chemical absorbent canister made of tin plate.

Historical information

The Small Box Respirator was introduced into service with British and Imperial forces on the Western Front in 1916. It was produced following a concerted effort by authorities in the UK to provide its soldiers with an effective gas mask to replace the inefficient helmets

Significance

The Small Box Respirator ('SBR') proved to be the most effective gas mask produced during the First World War, and had a number of advantages over its French and German contemporaries.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Sepia coloured postcard with a drawing of a man on horseback - probably a stockman or drover - with a dog and cattle. A group of soldiers are drawn in the top left corner. Handwritten message on back.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "A Cooee from Australia / Cooee! Cooee! / Can you hear it you have heard it oft before / It carries with it, best of love / and comes from Australs' shore."

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced sepia photograph of 5 soldiers seated and all wearing slouch hats

Historical information

Image depicts a group of 5 soldiers all believed to be under 16 years who served with the 2nd AIF in the Middle East in 1941. VX56792 George COKER DOB 11/9/1921 - 2/24 Battalion - was wounded in action on 31/10/1942. SLUNINGS not listed as serving with the 2/24 Battalion.

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

Attached on rear - 2nd AIF Babes Middle East 1941 - All under 16 years Back Row - Laycock 2/21 / Unknown 2/23 Front Row - Coker 2/24 / Slunings 2/24 / Unknown 2/24

Cap -American

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Light brown coloured flat cap with metal badge - shield with red cross in centre and eagle above

Historical information

American "forage" flat cap with American Military Welfare badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Badge - Military Welfare

Framed Certificate - B Murray

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown laminate frame containing certificate bordered by Australian State crests with photograph of King George two flags and crown at top and red seal below.

Historical information

Certificate of Appreciation from the Shire of Oxley to B Murray who served during WW2 - Dated 11/12/1945 John Brian Murray was born on 27/10/1942 at Moyhu. He enlisted in the Army on 30/6/1943. Private VX142238

Inscriptions & Markings

The Call to Arms B Murray

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a sepia coloured photograph of Government House, Perth Western Australia. 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.

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of camel train on dirt track with white tents on right and small buildings and tents on left.

Historical information

On December 16 1940 the 2/24th Battalion arrived at Dimra Camp in Palestine prior to and following the Siege of Tobruk in 1941

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

"Dimra Camp" handwritten on note adhered to rear.

Photograph - 25 Squadron

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

black and white photograph of squadron of 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 : Prior to enlisting in Melbourne John WILKINSON was a Pharmaceutical Chemist. Awarded the distinguished flying cross in March 1944 WILKINSON was tragically killed in action over Germany in 1944.

Inscriptions & Markings

25 Squadron Personnel Rear - signature of J H Wilkinson

Rifle Bucket

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Long cylinder shape made from dark brown leather with leather strap and brass buckle at the top of the bucket which attaches it to the saddle.

Historical information

Rifle buckets were used by British and Commonwealth mounted troops from the First World War to around 1941. In the Australian Light Horse units their use did not become common until the end of the First World War. Prior to this rifles were carried slung across the rider's back.

Framed poster - Tobruk

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing poster with Map in centre and circles in each corner with images of soldiers and one symbol on light blue background

Historical information

Item donated by Eric Hamilton VX42389 who served with the 2/32nd Australian Infantry Battalion in the Middle East and at the battle of Tobruk which lasted 241 days in 1941.

Inscriptions & Markings

Siege of Tobruk April- Dec 1941

Framed Photograph - Peter Cardwell - Life Member Wangaratta RSL

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber look frame inner edge gold painted with photograph of male wearing service medals

Historical information

Peter was born on 16/4/1950 at Corryong before moving to Barnawatha, Wodonga then Wangaratta in 1963. On the 5/1/1966 he joined the RAN as a junior recruit HMAS Leeuwin W.A. On 1/1/1967 he joined HMAS Yarra - Far East Strategic Reserve and Vietnam. Arriving back in Australia on 1/1/1968 he was posted to HMAS Watson in NSW. In 1969 he volunteered for submarine training in the UK at HMS Dolphin (Gosport). Joined HMS/m Onyx (3rd squadron at Faslane Scotland (Garelock Head) (HMS Neptune) On returning to Australia in 1971 posted to HMAS Platypus and HMAS/m Otway. In 1973 Peter was posted to HMAS Sydney - later decommissioned - then HMAS Torrens. Following the Royal Tour Pacific Islands in 1974 he joining the Naval Police in 1975 specialising in Fire fighting. Peter was discharged whilst still in hospital from the RAN in 1983 following a serious motor cycle accident in 1982. In 1984 on his return to Wangaratta he rejoined the RSL and held the office of Secretary for 10 years and Welfare/Pensions Officer for 22 years. In 2012 in recognition of his long service he was appointed Life Member of the RSL.

Inscriptions & Markings

Peter L CARDWELL Appointed Life Member of the RSL in December 2012

Framed print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Grey and white distressed style frame containing coloured print of four planes flying over land and water at sunrise/set.

Book - World War 1 Honour Board - Milawa Primary School 737

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White and red book with blue wording and photograph of school children at a cenotaph

Historical information

In 2005 the children of Grades 4,5 and 6 of Milawa Primary School researched and compiled personal stories, photographs and service records to honour those listed on the Milawa State School WW1 Honour Board. Inside rear cover contains a colour patch index to the following:- Andrew Robert BARRIE 3757/ Ralph Augustus CECIL 1677/ John COLEMAN 4089/ Arthur John Victor CULPH 896/ Edward Heathcote CULPH 2629(1447)/ Henry John CULPH 3108/ Thomas Wilson CULPH 34A/ Edward Frederick DOIG 3991/ Ernest Hugh DOIG 2937/ John Harold FOWLER 4488/ William Joseph FOWLER 3233/ Howard Fraser GRANT 7077/ Joseph Henry HOWELL 7247/ Frederick John HUMPHREY 2472/ Stanley Gordon HUMPHREY 3553/ Roy Curtis KENNEDY 5401/ Charles James KETTLE 29741/ Michael McGRORY 5390/ Ernest Phillip McPHEE 50339/ Stanley Charles McPHEE 3741/ Thomas MURDOCH Lieut/ William Lawrence PURDON 3223/ Ludin James ROBERTSON 980/ William Francis ROBERTSON 981/ Harold Ernest THOMAS 966/ George Ernest Vincent WOODBERRY 2173.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book is dedicated to all the service men and women in the Australian Armed Forces who continually strive to protect the Australian way of life.

Salt and pepper shakers

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silver plated salt and pepper shakers

Inscriptions & Markings

Salt and pepper shakers with embossing showing Flag and M.V. ETTRICK.

Ticket - Combined Leave and Railway

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Light green colour paper with black printed writing and red stamp front and rear.

Historical information

Combined Leave and Railway Ticket No. C150696 issued to James Crawford Third class for travel in Great Britain and Ireland

Inscriptions & Markings

Ticket No. C150696 Havre route only. REAR - Req No. 90. Rank Sapper. Name Crawford. Unit 8 Field Co 1st Aust Div. Authority ??? ANZAC AA585 FRONT & REAR red stamp "Leave England 6 Dec 1916 AMLO LEAVE BOAT

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with drawing of war scene - cannon in front of hut and palm trees, ambulance in centre and bomb exploding below aircraft in sky.

Historical information

One of a series of illustrated envelopes which once contained letters drawn by a soldier/s and sent to Mrs MacDonald of 32 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

Book - 1939-1945 The War Dead of the British Commonwealth and Empire

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Grey coloured paper book with black type on cover.

Historical information

Book is a register of the names of those who fell in the 1939-1945 War and are buried in cemeteries in Belgium.

Inscriptions & Markings

1939-1945 The War Dead of the British Commonwealth and Empire Heverlee War Cemetery Heverlee Churchyard Top right hand corner handwritten Mavis E Emery 1958

Framed photograph - Life Member Gordon Barnard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed photo of Life Member - Gordon BARNARD

Historical information

Joined R.A.A.F. 1943. Served in Australia and S.W.P.A with the 8th Airfield Construction Unit. Joined Wangaratta Sub-Branch in 1947. Served as RSL State Councillor, Past President of 34th Dist. Board and member of Legacy for ten years. Made life member in 1987

Inscriptions & Markings

GORDON BARNARD Joined R.A.A.F in 1943. Joined Wangaratta Sub-Branch in 1947. Served on the committee for many years and was made a Life Member in 1987

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered sailing boast with flying french flag and union jack. Also pink, blue flowers 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 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: "To my dear Wife" (embroidered) Back: "My dear Alice / France / Just a PC to let you know I'm well and hope you are all the same I have not see Joe yet over here but I believe he is alright so far well there not much news to tell you get more news over there than we do. I hope Jack and Father are working. I wrote to Jack he aut to have my letters by now well this all the news ???? as long as you know I'm well ?????? bye best love Will xxxxxx"

Photograph - R.J.C. Moore

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Copy of black and white portrait of three uniformed men two standing and one seated in front.

Historical information

Copy of Studio portrait of 6852 Private Rupert James Cavanagh Moore, 22nd Battalion, of Wangaratta, Vic., (seated), and two other unidentified soldiers of 22nd Battalion. Pte Moore, a printer prior to enlisting on 6 February 1917, embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Ascanius on 11 May 1917 with the 19th Reinforcements. He was killed in action in France on 13 July 1918, at the age of 25.

Inscriptions & Markings

Attached to photograph - Private Rupert James Cavanagh Moore (seated) Enlisted in Wangaratta 6/2/1917 Killed in action in France 13/7/1918