'AUSTRALIA' shoulder title badge, First World War (WW1)

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Brass 'AUSTRALIA' shoulder title with loops soldered to reverse.
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Badges Military
CH classification MILITARY Army
L54 x W16 mm
Media/Materials description
Brass (oxidised)
History and use
This brass 'AUSTRALIA' shoulder title badge belonged to World War 1 veteran Francis Joseph Brewer. Shoulder title badges were worn by all ranks of the military.

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.
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