Envelope with letter and dog tags

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Description
Envelope addressed to Miss T Brewer containing letter and dog tags. From Francis Brewer.
Classification
CH classification DOCUMENTS Envelopes envelopes
CH classification DOCUMENTS Letters
CH classification NUMISMATICS (COINS AND TOKENS) Tokens dog tag
CH classification MILITARY Army
Measurements
Envelope: L130 x W77 mm, weight 5 gm
Letter: L189 x W96 mm, weight 2 gm
Dog tags: L100 x W70 mm, weight 5 gm
Media/Materials description
Registered letter envelope and letter. Support: brown wove paper with loose weave fabric interior. Medium: blue /black printing. Handwriting in faded black ink. Registered stamp insitu top left corner.
Dog tags: String (cotton?) and unknown material (coloured aluminium? coloured bakelite?)
Signature/Marks
R \ PLYMOUTH II \ No II \ No. 73 \ REGISTERED LETTER \ THIS LETTER MUST BE GIVEN TO AN \ OFFICER OF THE POST OFFICE \ TO BE REGISTERED, AND A RECEIPT \ OBTAINED FOR IT. \ THE ADDRESS MUST BE \ WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE \ Miss J Brewer \ "Maryvale" \ Lytton Road \ East Brisbane \ BRISBANE \ Queensland \ Australia \ FEE PAID \ REGISTRATION TWO PENCE POSTAGE THREE HALFPENCE \ 3 1/2 \ PLYMOUTH <illegible> \ A \ 18 06
Registration \ Compensation is given for loss or damage \ in respect of Inland Registered Letters and \ Packets of all kinds, and for the loss of \ Foreign and Colonial Registered Letters and \ Packets, subject to the limitations and conditions \ notified in the Post Office Guide. \ REGISTERED \ 9 <illegible> 2DE 1918 \ BRISBANE
Registration \ Compensation is given for loss or damage \ in respect of Inland Registered Letters and \ Packets of all kinds, and for the loss of \ Foreign and Colonial Registered Letters and \ Packets, subject to the limitations and conditions \ notified in the Post Office Guide
<incomplete>ON TWO PENCE
History and use
These items were some of several battlefield souvenirs collected by Francis Joseph Brewer during World War 1 and posted home to family members.

Military forces use a variety of aids - including epaulette insignia and dog tags - for identifiying individual personnel and their unit of affiliation, the acquisition of such intelligence being difficult sometimes during combat.

Dog tags are primarily used for the identification of dead and wounded soldiers, being so named because of their resemblance to animal registration tags.

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.
Registration number
H48415

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