Membership card, Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia

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RSSILA membership card for Private Frederick Victor Cox.Tattered, and missing significant amounts of material, particularly the front top left corner.
DOCUMENTS Cards membership card
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L129 x W78 mm.
Weight 1 g
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Support: Dark brown wove paper Medium: Black printing ink and handwriting in black ink
16014 \ Returned Sailors' and Soldier<missing> \ Imperial League of Australia \ QUEENSLAND BRANCH, BRISBANE \ THIS IS TO CERTIFY that \ F.V. Cox \ No. 4032 Rank Pte. Unit 31st Btn \ is a Member of the R.S. & S.I.L.A., and is entitled to wear Badge \ No. S17641 \ Date 10/6/21 \ L Disley Dick <?> Secretary \ Townsville
SUBSCRIPT <missing> \ <missing>EIPT No.\ 62934 \ DATE \ 10/6/21 \ NEXT SUB. DUE \ 1-1-22 \ <missing> \ 10- \ <missing>
History and use
This RSSILA membership card 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 card 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.
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