Shell Fragment from 60lb. Shell

Production date
Pre 1915
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Object Detail

Fragment from a 60lb high explosive shell. Traces of original polished surface and machined threads.
CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Ordnance shell
CH classification MILITARY Army battlefield souvenirs
H25 x W70mm
Media/Materials description
History and use
These relics from Gallipoli were collected by an enlisted soldier from Queensland, Herbert William Homer. Homer started as a private and soon after became sergeant. In 1916 he received the Military Medal for his role as a stretcher bearer at Gallipoli. He also served on the Somme in 1916, attained officer rank (2nd Lieutenant) and was recommended for further service awards. He died of wounds in a military hospital in the United Kingdom in June 1917.

These objects were donated to the museum in the 1920s by Homer’s family. They form a poignant reminder of a Queensland soldier’s experience of WWI, that links to significant battles such as Gallipoli where Homer was noted for his service.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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