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RSL Waverley Sub Branch Glen Waverley, Victoria

The Glen Waverley Sub-Branch of the Returned Servicemen’s League, Victoria was formed on the 9th September 1950, when 25 Returned Servicemen met at the Mechanic’s Institute Hall (The Waverley Hall) Springvale Road, Black Flat.
In 1960, our name was changed from Glen Waverley Sub-Branch to the Waverley Sub-Branch, at the time the City of Waverley was created from the Shire of Mulgrave.
In 1963, an adjoining block of land was acquired and the first major expansion of our club rooms took place.
In 1968, Membership by this time, had increased to over 200 ordinary members.Membership now exceeds 4000.
Our collection of memorabilla items include Medals, Military Artifacts, Trench Art, Photographs,Commemorative items and Badges. For further information on any of our item- Click on the email enquiry link on this page.

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161 Coleman Parade. Glen Waverley 3150 (map)
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+61 03 9803 2872

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Closed for renovation

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Visitors - By appointment only during renovation

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161 Coleman Parade Glen Waverley Victoria

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Medals, Military Artifacts, Trench Art, Photographs,Commemorative items and Badges.

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Our aim is to preserve the heritage of the Men and Women who have served their Country both in peace time and in times of conflict.

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Plaque Special Air Services Australia - Special Air Services Australia

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of Special Air Services Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

Special Air Services Australia

Plaque Scottish Regiment N.Z. - Scottish Regiment N.Z.

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of Scottish Regiment N.Z.

Inscriptions & Markings

Scottish Regiment N.Z.

Photographs - Fredrick Charles Dix

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

3 Black and white photographs from WWI

Historical information

Fredrick Charles Dix enlisted 8th July 1915 at Castlemaine (at the time he was living with his Mother and stepfather in Fryers Town) after serving in the Senior Cadets. He was taken on by the 9th Light horse and sent to Egypt for further training. Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 11 January 1916.He served in France and was wounded by shrapnel in the eye socket but eventually returned to active duty on the front.He returned to Australia 6 September 1919

Significance

Sgt. F. C. Dix 1790 9th light horse 13th reinforcement 13 Field Artillery Brigade where he (several times) attained the rank of Sergeant. He also served during WWII at Nowra as a driver. Photos of Fred. were taken after enlistment, and the photo of ? 13 F.A.B. is thought to have been taken in Egypt 1916

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on reverse of the image of the soldiers in front of tent "Fred's Mates"

Badge Board Naval

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Badge board displaying Rank insignia C.P.O. Whistle and lanyard Rank insignia Hat band with crown and anchor Insignia Crown and crossed anchors Cap ribbon H.M.A.S. Canberra Cloth Badge crow and crossed torpedoes and 9 brass buttons

Historical information

Badges and insignia worn by C.P.O. Harper on HMAS Vendetta 1940 - 1946 Photo C.P.O. Harper d/178

Plaque Insignia of H.M.A.S. Quickmatch

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Plaster insignia crest of H.M.A.S. Quickmatch on wooden plaque

Historical information

HMAS Quickmatch (G92/D21/D292/F04), named for the quick-match, a fast burning match used for lighting cannon, was a Q class destroyer operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Although commissioned into the RAN in 1942, the ship was initially the property of the Royal Navy. Quickmatch served with both the British Eastern Fleet and British Pacific Fleet during World War II. In the 1950s, the destroyer was converted into an anti-submarine frigate. In 1957, Quickmatch operated in support of Malaya during the Malayan Emergency. The ship remained in service until 1963, and after use as an accommodation ship, was sold for scrap in 1972

Inscriptions & Markings

H.M.A.S. Quickmatch

Plaque H.M.A.S Warramunga - H.M.A.S Warramunga

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of H.M.A.S Warramunga

Historical information

HMAS Warramunga (I44), a Tribal class destroyer commissioned in 1942. The ship fought during the latter half of World War II, and in the Korean War. She was decommissioned in 1959, and sold for scrap. HMAS Warramunga (FFH 152), an Anzac class frigate commissioned in 2001 and in active service as of 2012

Inscriptions & Markings

H.M.A.S Warramunga

Plaque H.M.A.S. Melbourne

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden plaque with insignia of H.M.A.S. Melbourne

Historical information

HMAS Melbourne (1912), a Chatham class light cruiser launched in 1912 and broken up for scrap in 1929 HMAS Melbourne (R21), a Majestic class aircraft carrier acquired by the RAN in 1947. She was involved in two major collisions during her career, and was sold for scrap in 1985. HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05), an Adelaide class guided missile frigate launched in 1989 and active as of 2012

Inscriptions & Markings

H.M.A.S. Melbourne

Bible,Hat R.A.A.F badge and playing cards and a set of 3 leather pouches

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Mounted on green cloth covered board. Bible,Hat badge and playing cards and a set of 3 leather pouches

Poster Regimental Insignia - Regimental Insignia

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Framed Poster of Australian Regimental Insignia

Photograph Vietnam 1962-1973 - Vietnam 1962-1973

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

On 26 August 1967 members of 5 Platoon, B Company, 7RAR were lifted by United States Army Iroquois UH-1D helicopters from their location beside the road leading to Dat Do, and returned to their base at Nui Dat in Phoc Tuy Province. These soldiers had completed the cordon and search of the village of Phoc Hai, part of Operation Ulmarra.Mounted in a wooden frame under Glass http://www.awm.gov.au/shop/item/4483/#.UVDu0BdkNe8

Historical information

Original in National War Museum

Minefield Warning Flag

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Cloth Flag bearing a skull and cross Bones on a metal spike mounted on a square varnished wooden base

Historical information

German Luftwaffe (Land Forces) minefield warning flag from WWII.originally intended to be gas markers, rather than mines, but as it turned out, the use changed .they were mounted on a red metal pole & there were 12 to a set in a leather pack. This Flag was presented to the Treasurer of Waverley RSL. It is a souvenir from Bardia in Libya

Significance

The Battle of Bardia was fought over three days between 3 and 5 January 1941, as part of Operation Compass, the first military operation of the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. It was the first battle of the war in which an Australian Army formation took part, the first to be commanded by an Australian general and the first to be planned by an Australian staff. Major General Iven Mackay's 6th Division assaulted the strongly held Italian fortress of Bardia, Libya, assisted by air support and naval gunfire, and under the cover of an artillery barrage. The 16th Infantry Brigade attacked at dawn from the west, where the defences were known to be weak. Sappers blew gaps in the barbed wire with Bangalore torpedoes and filled in and broke down the sides of the anti-tank ditch with picks and shovels. This allowed the infantry and 23 Matilda II tanks of the 7th Royal Tank Regiment to enter the fortress and capture all their objectives, along with 8,000 prisoners. In the second phase of the operation, the 17th Infantry Brigade exploited the breach made in the perimeter, and pressed south as far as a secondary line of defences known as the Switch Line. On the second day, the 16th Infantry Brigade captured the township of Bardia, cutting the fortress in two. Thousands of prisoners were taken, and the Italian garrison now held out only in the northern and southernmost parts of the fortress. On the third day, the 19th Infantry Brigade advanced south from Bardia, supported by artillery and the Matilda tanks, now reduced in number to just six. Its advance allowed the 17th Infantry Brigade to make progress as well, and the two brigades reduced the southern sector of the fortress. Meanwhile, the Italian garrisons in the north surrendered to the 16th Infantry Brigade and the Support Group of the British 7th Armoured Division outside the fortress. In all, some 36,000 Italian prisoners were taken. The victory at Bardia enabled the Allied forces to continue the advance into Libya and ultimately capture almost all of Cyrenaica. In turn this would lead to German intervention in the fighting in North Africa, changing the nature of the war in that theatre. Bardia boosted the competence and reputation of the Australian Army. Perhaps most important of all, it raised confidence in the possibility of an ultimate Allied victory around the world, which would lead to the Lend-Lease Act being passed in the United States http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bardia

Badge RAS

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Bronze circular badge with crown on apex and Rising Sun emblem in centre

Historical information

Issued to all service men who saw active service WWI issued to o Henry Claude Roussac 1737 a Gallipoli Veteran 25 Bn

Inscriptions & Markings

(Top) Crown (Outer ring) Issued by Department of Defence Returned From Active Service (centre) Rising Sun emblem and A.I.F. Reverse 60161

Plaque 3 Royal Australian Regiment - 3 Royal Australian Regiment

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of 3 Royal Australian Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

3 Royal Australian Regiment

Atabrin Tablets in Metal container

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Rectangular metal container,dark grey in colour.

Historical information

Atabrin Tablets Quinacrine C23H30ClN3O Anti-Malarial Drugs issued to all troops in tropical areas during WWII Troops used to joke about the fact that ATABRIN turns the skin yellow.

Significance

Prevented Malaria in Tropical Regions minimizing the disruption to combat caused by untreated Malaria.

Inscriptions & Markings

The words Atabrin Tablets printed on lid in raised print

Foot Powder Tins

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Brass coloured metal container with silver lid Lid has oval shaped indentation

Inscriptions & Markings

Foot Powder D^D Manufactured by the J.R. Watkins co. Melbourne

Plaque Royal Australian Engineers - Royal Australian Engineers

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Historical information

The Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) is a corps of the Australian Army (although the word corps does not appear in their name or on their badge). The RAE is ranked fourth in seniority of the corps of the Australian Army, behind the Staff Cadets, Armoured and Artillery Corps. The Corps was formed by the amalgamation of the various colonial engineer corps of the States and territories of Australia in 1902[2] and since then has served in various conflicts including World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. The Corps has also served on numerous peacekeeping operations and is currently involved in the Australian contribution to the war in Afghanistan. The RAE provides combat engineering, construction and other technical support to the Australian Defence Force. One of the main roles of the Corps is to provide mobility and counter mobility capabilities to the Australian Army and its allies. This means enhancing the ability of friendly forces to move while denying movement to enemy forces. In order to provide these capabilities, engineers are required to conduct many tasks including penetrating minefields, locating and disarming booby traps, purifying water and building roads and bridges. The Corps also performs the majority of the Australian Army's demolition tasks and is trained to fight as infantry if needed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Australian_Engineers

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Engineers

Plaque Jervis Bay Range Facillity

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Plaque Royal Australian Air Force - Royal Australian Air Force

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Air Force

Shells

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

2 2 inch shells steel with black preserving paint

Historical information

World War I artillery shells

Inscriptions & Markings

nil

Plaque Logistic Command - Logistic Command

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Inscriptions & Markings

Logistic Command

Blazer Pocket - Thirtyniner's Association

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Navy blue blazer pocket vith the embroidered crest of the " Thirty Niners Assoc."

Historical information

Blazer worn by Walter Emerson Barker VX995 who served in Tobruk

Inscriptions & Markings

Thirty Niners Assoc 1939

Plaque Royal Australian Signals Corps - Royal Australian Signals Corps

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of Royal Australian Signals Corps

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Signals Corps

Table Tops Newspaper - Table Tops Balikpapan Tuesday 6th August 1945

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

4 page A4 Newspaper, pages brownish due to deterioration and fragile due to folds and rips.Print is still clear and readable

Historical information

This Edition, Published by AIF News, was printed to celebrate the end of WWII in the Pacific Region. It was kept by L.A.C. Charles Harold Dix 119700 R.A.A.F. No. 2 Squadron Stationed at Balikpapan at the time. (past member of RSL Waverley sub branch)

Significance

Records the end of hostilities in the Pacific Region WWII and give an insight into how the news was communicated, as well as into other issues important at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Table Tops

Plaque Australian Royal Navy - Australian Royal Navy

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cmAustralian Royal Navy

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Royal Navy

Calaid Hearing aid

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Steel square case with a white plastic thumb wheel with volume marks on the side and two holes for the insertion of the earpiece plug, front contains a small (10mm x 5mm) microphone covered by a wire grill.There is a small retaining clip on each side to clip the unit into a shirt pocket

Historical information

Made by Commonwealth of Australia (Commonwealth Acoustic laboratories) to address the problem of providing hearing aids to ex-service men with impaired hearing due to war related events. They were issued by the then Repatriation Department a cheaper alternative to imported more expensive but lower quality units. The were also used for the large number of children who had impaired hearing due to the Rubella epidemic in Australia during WWII. http://www.acoustics.asn.au/journal/2000/2000_28_3_Upfold_Piesse.pdf

Significance

Issued to Henry Claude Roussac a veteran of both WWI and WWII

Inscriptions & Markings

C of A CALAID D11849

Photograph of G Beaton

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Black and white Photograph of Gerry. Beaton 2/5 Batallionin wooden frame under glass

Inscriptions & Markings

Gerry Beaton

Plaque Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers - Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Historical information

The Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME; pronounced Raymee) is a corps of the Australian Army that has responsibility for the maintenance and recovery of all land electrical and mechanical equipment. RAEME has members from both the Australian Regular Army and The Army Reserve. Prior to being given the title of 'Royal', the Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (AEME) were raised on 1 December 1942. Some 64 years later, on 1 December 2006, the last independent RAEME Workshop was disbanded. RAEME soldiers continue in their role to provide support through attachment to other units in Tech Support Troops, Sections or Platoons.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Print Battle of Britain - Battle of Britain

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Print of a collage of images of aircraft during Battle of Britain In Wooden Frame Under Glass

Inscriptions & Markings

Battle of Britain

Plaque Navy Supply - Navy Supply

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of Navy Supply

Inscriptions & Markings

Navy Supply

Plaqque H.M.A.S. Adelaide

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden plaque with insignia of H.M.A.S. Adelaide

Historical information

HMAS Adelaide (1918) was a Town-class light cruiser commissioned in 1922 and decommissioned in 1946 HMAS Adelaide (FFG 01) was an Adelaide class frigate commissioned in 1980 and decommissioned in 2008 HMAS Adelaide (LHD 01) is a Canberra class landing helicopter dock ship due to enter service in 2015

Inscriptions & Markings

H.M.A.S. Adelaide

muzzle cover K98k

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Steel cover with a hinged cap

Historical information

The Karabiner 98 Kurz (often abbreviated Kar98k, K98, or K98k) is a bolt action rifle used extensively during both WWI and WWII Cover was used to prevent the entry of dirt MUD and water into barrel

Significance

Collected as a souvenir in France during WWI by Sig Henry Roussac 25Bn AIF

Plaque South African Military Veterans Organisation of Australia

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Metal Plaque mounted on wooden shield shaped backing plate

Historical information

Presented to Waverley R. S. L. sub branch by South African Military Veterans Organisation of Australia http://www.samvoa.org/abouthistory.html

Significance

http://www.samvoa.org/abouthistory.html The founder of SAMVOA, Veteran Tony Macquet MMM, documents the early history of the organisation: Two statements characterise the formation of the South African Military Veterans Organisation of Australasia that has taken on the acronym SAMVOA: SAMVOA was long in the making, yet I am reminded of what Garth Pienaar once said, "If you had not started it, I would have". And no doubt he or someone else would have because it needed "starting" and it just did not seem right that almost every other nation was represented on ANZAC Day and there were no South Africans marching, particularly when South Africans fought alongside Australians in two World Wars and in Korea. It is important to note that SAMVOA has had predecessors who were South Africans who had marched in Melbourne and probably elsewhere prior to 1996, but they were an older group of WW1 and WW2 veterans who by 1996 were too old to even travel by vehicle and they had fallen away. Around 1998, I contacted and spoke to their leader Major (retd.) Norval who confirmed that their group had become too old to march and he was delighted that a younger group was interested, although at that stage it was only me. http://www.samvoa.org/membership.html SAMVOA Membership This Veteran Organisation dedicates itself, in grateful recognition and memory of our countrymen, the Immortal Dead of South Africa, who, at the call of Duty, made the great Sacrifice on the battlefields of Africa, Asia and Europe and on the Sea. Their ideal is our legacy, Their sacrifice our inspiration.

Inscriptions & Markings

South African Military Veterans Organisation of Australia Pro Patria

Boots Brown Leather

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Pair new brown leather service boots

Inscriptions & Markings

(Arrow) P 85 1942

Plaque Vietnam Vererans Parade Sydney 1987 - Vietnam Vererans Parade Sydney 1987

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Historical information

Anecdotal evidence holds that most men returned from Vietnam in the dead of night, hidden from the public. In fact, large numbers actually returned on HMAS Sydney, to a welcome by dignitaries and a parade. The manner of their homecoming affected the way in which veterans recovered from the war, those who did arrive late at night to no fanfare and the seeming indifference of the military had more trouble adjusting to life at home than did those whose return was more public and who had had the benefit of a couple of weeks unwinding on board Sydney before reaching Australia. But the return home was only the beginning of a long period of readjustment. For a long time after the war large numbers of Vietnam veterans felt that many in Australia blamed them, rather than politicians, for the war and the way it had been conducted. Images of the war, many still familiar, of children burned by napalm, of the dead of My Lai, of a South Vietnamese general summarily executing a member of the Viet Cong in the streets of Saigon, had an effect on public opinion and public understanding. The fact that these images related more to the American/Vietnamese experience in Vietnam was less remarked upon. People associated the role of Australians in the war with that of the Americans in a way that failed to recognise the two countries’ different approaches to fighting in Vietnam. see https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&ved=0CDwQtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DYL06ddRmiJE&ei=O9OJUYnxC5GaiQeey4HQCA&usg=AFQjCNEjq876qAoYu0WnWslDSNRUJlmuBw&bvm=bv.46226182,d.aGc

Inscriptions & Markings

Vietnam Vererans Parade Sydney 1987

Disassembly tool

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Tool to remove magazine foot plate, and to dissasemble bolt and gas chamber of Mauser K98k carbine

Inscriptions & Markings

Mundlos 1937

Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps

R.A.A.F. Uniform Complete

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Size 15 R.A.A.F. uniform consisting of Coat (great outer) Jacket Trousers Tie Cap all with insignia and ribbon bars ? J Beutler

Plaque Womens Auxilliary RSL - Womens Auxilliary RSL

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Inscriptions & Markings

Womens Auxilliary RSL

Forrage Cap

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

khaki cloth british pattern forage cap with 2 Australian buttons on front

Historical information

Worn during WWII

Plaque 3207 Servicing Commando - 3207 Servicing Commando

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Inscriptions & Markings

3207 Servicing Commando

Prismatic Compass

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Prismatic Compass Brass case with floating face

Inscriptions & Markings

MK IX No.6442 Made in Australia 1941

Booklet

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Commissioning booklet for H.M.A.S. Arunta 1998 with Letter to Barry McKillop thanking him for the donation of The Ships Bell of the Original Arunta signed by G J Yorke Commanding Officer

Historical information

Issued at launch of the new ship H.M.A.S Arunta

Inscriptions & Markings

The Navy Times

Booklets

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

3 booklets belonging to A.Beale. Soldiers Record book, Demobilisation proceedure and Order of service for church Parade

Returned from Active Service Badge

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Brass Returned from Active Service Badge

Historical information

Issued to W. J. Woodyard

Significance

he Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB) is issued to Australian Defence Force personnel who have rendered warlike service. Its purpose is to enable individuals to display their involvement in warlike service while in civilian attire, where the wearing of a medal denoting such service is not appropriate or possible. The ability for veterans to wear a badge recognising the service and sacrifice involved in rendering war service to Australia is a befitting tribute to these veterans. As the award of the RASB is not governed by statute, it has been the practice of Australian Governments to determine conditions of eligibility for each conflict in accordance with the circumstances existing at the time. Contemporarily, it is awarded automatically with the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 and current Australian Active Service Medal http://www.vvaa.org.au/rasb.htm

Pocket Watch

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Chrome Pocket Tramway Watch with white enamel face and gold hands

Historical information

Used by Pte. Albert Beale Beale who was a dispatch rider in Crete Egypt and New Guinea

Inscriptions & Markings

I. Beale vx 5078

Plaque The NationalMalaya and BorneoVeterans Asn. Presented to this RSL for support of Gurka Trust UK from NMBVAA

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

wooden Plaque 15cm x 13 cm

Inscriptions & Markings

The NationalMalaya and BorneoVeterans Asn. Presented to this RSL for support of Gurka Trust UK from NMBVAA

Badge Board

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Badge Board on styrene mount N.Z. Returned Services Association, Returned Soldiers Salors League Victoria WarService Fund, S.A.S., (? Droit et Avanti), S.A.S., P.W.L.H.,Womans Auxilliary R.S.L., Returned Soldiers and sailors league, Waikato, Returned Sailors Soldiers & Airmen Imperial League and Rising Sun collar badge.7th L.H.Hat and lapel badges (Collected by Lt. C. J. Owens VX108037

Painting Roy Longmore - RoyLongmore

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Framed painting of Roy Longmore wooden frame glass fronted

Historical information

Longmore set aside his life as a farm-hand in Geelong, Victoria, when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at age 21. Private (Pte) Roy Longmore, 3rd Reinforcements, 21st Battalion, of Bannockburn, Victoria enlisted on 13 July 1915; and he embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Anchises on 26 August 1915.[2] After training in Egypt, was sent to the Battle of Gallipoli where he was a tunnel digger with the 2nd Division, burrowing underneath the Turkish positions and laying mines. After evacuation from Turkey, he fought at Pozières, Armentières, and Villers-Bretonneux.[1] He was wounded three times in France and was momentarily given up for dead when he was shot as the Armistice in November 1918, approached. He later recalled, "We were patrolling in a gully when suddenly half a dozen Germans appeared over a hill armed with machine guns and opened fire. Jerry riddled me, knocking me flat on my back, and the last I heard was 'Longy's had it, they got him.'" Fortunately, his fellow soldiers saw him move and rescued him.[3] Lance Sergeant (LSgt) and returned to Australia on 16 March 1919 as a member of the 2nd Pioneer Battalion.[2] Civilian life[edit] After returning to Australia in 1919, his injuries made returning to farm work impossible, so he drove a taxi in Melbourne. Another change caused by the war was more telling. Before, he had hunted rabbits; but he later explained that when he returned home, he no longer had an appetite for firing at anything alive.[3] Longmore married and had one son, Eric.[1] The one-time LSgt Longmore died peacefully in his sleep at a Burwood Nursing Home aged 107 on 21 June 2001. He was the second last Anzac to die.[2] At his death, Australia honored him one final time with a state funeral.[3] Australian "legend"[edit] In 2000, Longmore was recognized as one of the "Australian Legends." His name and photograph were honored as part of an annual series of commemorative postage stamps issued by Australia Post since 1997. The stamps commemorate living Australians "who have made lifetime contributions to the development of Australia's national identity and character".[4] Longmore lived to fully enjoy this honor.[3] Longmore's 45-cent Legend stamp displays the soldier's portrait as a young man, photographed just prior to his departure for Gallipoli. Formal photographs of the other two ANZAC centenarians complete this stamp set. In addition, a fourth stamp features the 1914-15 star medal which was presented to all those who fought in campaigns during those war years.[5] These stamps, designed by Cathleen Cram of the Australia Post Design Studio, commemorate the story of events and people shaping contemporary Australia.[6] The Longmore stamp honors him as an individual and as a representative of all 68,000 soldiers at Gallipoli whose actions affected Australia's evolving self-image.[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Longmore

Photo Patrick Ryan

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

framed Sepia photo of Patrick Ryan in uniform 5th LH

Inscriptions & Markings

Patrick Ryan 5th Light Horse AIF Plumes are displayed here (d/0076)

Wooden Propeller

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden propeller for Tiger Moth Aircraft with brass bound leading edges

Historical information

De Havilland made DH 5220 original fitment. The de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and others as a primary trainer. The Tiger Moth remained in service with the RAF until replaced by the de Havilland Chipmunk in 1952 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Tiger_Moth

Inscriptions & Markings

Tiger Moth No.43