Wooden case with cap badge collection

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Description
Wooden hinged box with glass front on one side, open on the other. Contains red fabric covered inserts with cap badges and other items attached. Some badges have been removed from the case and individually registered (see H48094-H48110, H48112-H48114).
Classification
CH classification MILITARY
Measurements
L960 x W880 x D50 mm (open)
L960 x W440 x D100 mm (closed)
Weight: 10.6kg
Media/Materials description
Wood, glass, metal, textile, cardboard
History and use
This case contains a collection of military badges and insignia, war relics, coins and curios collected by Alfred Arnott Clark (774). Clark was a Sergeant in the 6th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force during the 1914 - 1918 War.

These objects were most likely collected while Clark was serving with the Australian Imperial Forces oveseas, and represent the commonplace practice of soldiers exchanging badges and curios as war souvenirs.

A carpenter before the war, Clark transferred from Gallipoli to the Westren Front where, in November 1916 he was mistakenly reported as missing in action. In fact he was killed on 11th November 1916 somewhere 'beyond Flers'. Two months later he was mentioned (to General Haig) in despatches - for gallantry.

This collection was donated by his widow, Mrs Jane Clark in 1932.
Registration number
H49321

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