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#1 chippo

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 08:31 AM

OK, there is a distinct lack of Australian militaria in this section so I thought I would share my collection with you all. I have collected WW2 Australian slouch hats and uniforms for around four years. I had a bigger collection than this but sold a lot for a house deposit. Big mistake. Anyway I hope you enjoy my collection.

First up is a 1941 dated 2/1st Independent company slouch hat. These were Australia's first commandos and unfortunately they were sent to defend New Britain from the Japanese and they were decimated. They are know as the 2/1st Independent company or the 1st Independent company depending upon which source you look at.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 08:34 AM

here's a 1942 dated anti-aircraft battery slouch hat named to VX35017 Lieutenant G.A Ruddock. A bit moth eaten but still a very nice hat. The second picture is of the hat and Lt. Ruddocks tailor made desert tunic.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 08:36 AM

Here's a favourite of mine... a 1945 dated 9th division HQ slouch hat. I sourced this one from America and it's in great condition. Unfortunately it's not named but still I really like this one. The 9th division found glory in the siege of Tobruk.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 08:37 AM

here's a 1942 dated 2/12th field regiment slouch hat. This unit fought in the siege of Tobruk hence the "T" shaped 9th division colour patch.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:08 AM

Nice Pics Chippo !

Cheers for sharing them :D
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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:10 AM

here's a 1941 dated 1st corps guard batallion slouch hat.

Hey Andy thanks for the reply. I still have a few more to show! :)

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:11 AM

Keep em coming Digger !
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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:18 AM

Here's a 1944 dated Australian and Electrical Mechanical Engineers (AEME) slouch hat associated with VX92122 Craftsman H.E Mills. He served in the 2nd cavalry division signals before the war. The second picture is of his uniform. I have his pants and puttees but no full bodied mannequin to put them on. This tunic is nice in that it has everything. The main patches (AEME,) the mini patches (2nd cav. sigs,) lanyard, articifer badge, overseas stripes (two years) and "V for Victory" pin. I suspect this was a victory day parade tunic.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:23 AM

here's a 1942 dated anti-aircraft battery slouch hat named to VX135751 Sergeant Kenneth Martin. He joined up in 1942 and I have his whole uniform set he was given on that day... hat, two tunics and greatcoat.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:25 AM

Here's a 1943 dated Northern Territory L of C motor transport unit slouch hat.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:28 AM

Here's a 1942 dated 7th division Australian engineers slouch hat named to VX69069 Sapper J.R Matters. I actually managed to track down his daughter and she sent me some pictures of him. They're back in Melbourne so I will get them soon.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:29 AM

Here's a 1942 dated Volunteer defence corps slouch hat. The VDC were Australia's equivalent of Britains home guard. This hat has the hard to find woollen puggaree.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:32 AM

Here's a peak cap and tunic named to TX6048 Lieutenant R.C Skinner. He was in the 2/12th infantry battalion however was injured in the back and was then seconded back to Tasmania and posted to the Brighton Prisoner of war camp. The camp at Brighton held Italians and most of them came from the Cowra camp. Notice his mini 2/12th infantry patches and his larger Tasmania L of C patches.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:34 AM

Here's a 1942 dated slouch hat named to named to SX19628 K.F Wilson. Also pictured is his tunic. I have his slouch hat, tunic, pants, dogtags, gun-cleaning kit and puttees.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:35 AM

Here's a nice 1939 dated Tasmania L of C slouch hat.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:36 AM

This Pom does think Digger slouch hats do look really cool but I'd never let an Aussie know that......;)
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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:37 AM

This one is my favourite. It's a 1943 dated 2/9th infantry battalion slouch hat named to QX3751 Corporal C.S Baxter. He joined in 1939, fought at Tobruk and unfortunately got shell-shock. He transferred to the 7th division carrier company but still went on to serve in Papua New Guinea as well.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:41 AM

Here's a Tasmania L of C signals tunic named to T445 Captain James Daniel Brickhill. He was posted up at Darwin. Not a particularly thrilling tunic but it's patched to a Tasmania company plus it's named to a Tasmanian... and Tasmanian things are scarce.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:43 AM

thanks for the reply, Owen. Yes, I reckon the slouch hats look awesome as well. They're quite unique (the Brits did also wear them but not to the extent we did) and nothing typifies the Aussie digger more than the slouch hat

I have a couple of recent additions to add to this but will do so in the next few days.

Til then I hope you enjoy looking through my collection.

- Chris

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 10:04 AM

There is a good colour photo around somewhere hwever I am unable to locate it!

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Twenty badges of formations operating under Montgomery's command in the Eighth Army are pinned around the crown of the hat. These badges include:

  • Royal Horse Artillery,
  • Royal Armoured Corps,
  • Royal Tank Regiment,
  • King's Royal Rifle Corps,
  • Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey),
  • Queen's Own Highlanders
    • (Seaforth and Camerons),
  • Royal Warwickshire Regiment,
  • The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment),
  • Sherwood Foresters
    • (Nottinghamshire/ Derbyshire Regiment),
  • Staffordshire Yeomanry
    • (Queen's Own Royal Regiment),

  • Essex Regiment,
  • Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment,
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry,
  • Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry,
  • Edmonton Regiment (Canada),
  • Saskatoon Regiment (Canada),
  • New Zealand forces, and
  • South African forces.
  • The unidentified badges are possibly those of Polish units.

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Spidge,


My project is the collection of over 11,400+ RAAF Headstone/Memorial photos located in 70 countries during WW2 and the 360+ from WW1. Can you assist? Do you know someone that can?
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My Signature photo is the Battalion history of WW2 and the patch of the 2/8th battalion. (Blood & Bandages)
My Avatar is my dad, Gunner Frederick Edwin Swallow "C" Company, 2/8th Battalion, 19th Brigade, 6th Division AIF. Critically wounded on the first attack on Tobruk, January 21st 1941.



 


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Posted 17 February 2009 - 10:21 AM

ah yes... Monty and his slouch hat. He liked the look of them so much on the diggers that he requested his own. He was given a 1940 coronet felts manufactured Aussie slouch hat. The AWM have it in their collection. Apparently the British soldiers thought it was inappropriate that he wear the Aussie slouch hat, and the diggers thought he looked like a "prize galah" in it with it jammed down on top of his head.

Images taken of item ID number RELAWM30701 in the AWM (Australian War Memorial) collection.

- Chris

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 01:46 PM

How did I miss this thread?
Great stuff Chippo.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 03:20 PM

A very interesting collection. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:10 AM

Hi All,

Any opinions on this slouch hat? I think it is a pre-WW2 hat due to the eyelets, chinstrap hooks, size and catch. It seems old and has no dates or makers marks. It's in very good condition. Also a nice large size.

Andrew

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:49 AM

My late Father in Law in his slouch hat.Circa, Burmha 1944. Royal artillery.

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51 highland "Don't leave me Sarge" & Keep 'em Moving

Là á Bhlàir's math na Càirdean

(Friends are good in the day of battle)


Na diobair caraid's a charraid
(Forsake not a friend in the fray)

Cuimhnichibh na suinn nach maireann .
Mairidh an cliu beo gu brath.
(In memory of the Heroes who are no more.
May their Fame live on forever)

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 12:27 PM

What about an Aussie in a slouch hat - My dad! He didn't come home in his uniform as it was either blown off or cut off after he was hit by a mortar when the 6th Div were taking Tobruk.

Happier times for him.

Dad on the left

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My project is the collection of over 11,400+ RAAF Headstone/Memorial photos located in 70 countries during WW2 and the 360+ from WW1. Can you assist? Do you know someone that can?
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My Signature photo is the Battalion history of WW2 and the patch of the 2/8th battalion. (Blood & Bandages)
My Avatar is my dad, Gunner Frederick Edwin Swallow "C" Company, 2/8th Battalion, 19th Brigade, 6th Division AIF. Critically wounded on the first attack on Tobruk, January 21st 1941.



 


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Posted 17 August 2010 - 06:17 AM

Gday Chippo, great collection mate! I've a few of my own but have noticed a couple of my ww2 slouch hats have lost shape and or dried out. The felt feels very dry. Do you have any recomendations on how I can sort these problems out and preserve the integrety of the piece?
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 03:46 PM

Reviving this old thread to see if anyone has a photo of the Australian women's Army Service (AWAS) pattern of Hat?

We have a tunic and would like to get the rest to go with it.
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:31 AM

good collection of slouch hats and uniforms, very nice.

Regards,

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