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Description
Discharge certificate from WW1 for Private Frederick Victor Cox.
Classification
CH classification DOCUMENTS Certificates military discharge certificate
Measurements
L226 x W205 mm
Weight 8 g
Media/Materials description
Woven paper, discoloured beige. Medium: Recto : Black printing ink slightly faded. Handwriting, black ink slightly faded especially bottom. Black ink stamp H.194A faded top left corner. Pencil and indelible pencil top left corner. Verso: Black printing ink, black ink handwriting/indelible pencil/indelible purple ink, all appear stable.
Signature/Marks
Q\202836 \ Main \ Register No. H 194A. \ AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL EXPEDITIONARY FORCE \ Certificate of Discharge of No. 4032 (Rank) Private \ (Name) Cox Frederick Victor \ (Regiment or Corps) 31 st Battalion A.I.F. \ born at or near the town of Townsville \ in the State or Country of Queensland \ Attested at Townsville - Qld - on the \ 3rd July 1916 for the Australian \ Imperial Force Regiment or Corps at the age of 18 1/2 years. \ He is discharged in consequence of the termination of his period of enlistment \ Service towards \ completion of \ engagement \ Three years 151 days. \ Medals \ and \ Decorations \ Service Abroad Two years 361 days \ Signature of Officer \ Commanding Regiment \ or Corps \ I. Jackson Major \ S.O.I. & R.S., 1st M.D.\ Place Brisbane \ Date 30th November 1919 \ Issued with Badge - Discharged \ Returned Soldier No. 145126 \ W. R. Alexander Scpl \ Discharge confirmed at Brisbane \ Queensland \ Signature I. Jackson Major \ S.O.I. & R.S., 1st M.D \ D \ ate 30 November 1919 \ NOTICE TO EMPLOYERS. - This certificate has been issued without any interdelineation or erasure of any kind, and with all \ particulars entered in handwriting, and not typewritten. \ All signatures have been written, and rubber stamp signatures are not genuine. \ D164/2.17. - O.1514. \ SHOULD THIS CERTIFICATE BE LOST OR MISLAID NO DUPLICATE OF IT CAN BE OBTAINED.
Q\202836 \ Main \ Register No. H 194A. \ AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL EXPEDITIONARY FORCE \ Certificate of Discharge of No. 4032 (Rank) Private \ (Name) Cox Frederick Victor \ (Regiment or Corps) 31 st Battalion A.I.F. \ born at or near the town of Townsville \ in the State or Country of Queensland \ Attested at Townsville - Qld - on the \ 3rd July 1916 for the Australian \ Imperial Force Regiment or Corps at the age of 18 1/2 years. \ He is discharged in consequence of the termination of his period of enlistment \ Service towards \ completion of \ engagement \ Three years 151 days. \ Medals \ and \ Decorations \ Service Abroad Two years 361 days \ Signature of Officer \ Commanding Regiment \ or Corps \ I. Jackson Major \ S.O.I. & R.S., 1st M.D.\ Place Brisbane \ Date 30th November 1919 \ Issued with Badge - Discharged \ Returned Soldier No. 145126 \ W. R. Alexander Scpl \ Discharge confirmed at Brisbane \ Queensland \ Signature I. Jackson Major \ S.O.I. & R.S., 1st M.D \ D \ ate 30 November 1919 \ NOTICE TO EMPLOYERS. - This certificate has been issued without any interdelineation or erasure of any kind, and with all \ particulars entered in handwriting, and not typewritten. \ All signatures have been written, and rubber stamp signatures are not genuine. \ D164/2.17. - O.1514. \ SHOULD THIS CERTIFICATE BE LOST OR MISLAID NO DUPLICATE OF IT CAN BE OBTAINED.
History and use
This certificate of discharge was one of several battlefield souvenirs collected by Francis Joseph Brewer during World War 1.

A journalist from Bondi, New South Wales, Francis Brewer saw active service in France and in 1918 was shot in the ankle, an injury which eventually led to him being returned to Australia. Like many soldiers, he collected souvenirs, many of which he posted home to his family. He also kept a journal throughout the War (allegedly sold for 50 pounds during the depression years) which is now held in the Mitchell Library.

On his return to Australia, Francis continued his work as a journalist covering politics and court proceedings. He also authored several publications including ‘All About War Gratuity : instructions how to get it, together with a gratuity ready reckoner; Australian handbook for nurses, sailors, soldiers and dependants’ and ‘Sixty-six years of municipal government’ for the Brisbane Council.

This certificate is one of three documents relating to Frederick Victor Cox. At age 18 Cox enlisted at Townsville on 3 July 1916 and was in the 31st battalion until his discharge on 30 November 1919. It is not known how or why these documents came to be in the Brewer Family collection. The small notebook mainly outlines lyrics to songs or poems.
Registration number
H48411

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