Posted 5 years ago
I can’t believe I let ANZAC day slip past without my saying something, so I hope this will serve as belated respects and sincere thanks.
The first image is the famous Rising Sun Hat Badge of the Australian Military Forces. This one is in copper and looks like the WWI version, but is likely WWII vintage, based on the manufacturer. The reverse is marked “K G Luke, Melb.” Luke also made US Badges during WWII.
Next is a smaller version of the rising sun as worn on the uniform collar. The other item is an Australia shoulder title. These were souvenirs brought home by an American Doughboy after the First World War. Both have faint hallmarks on the backs that I can’t quite make out.
Next is an insignia of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. It is brass, and this particular badge with the “Onward” motto was worn by the British section of the NZEF, made up of New Zealanders who were living in the UK.
Lastly, a more recent badge, that of the Royal Australian Regiment, which was formed in 1948. The regiment served in the Korean War, Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam and East Timor, and elements served in Iraq. This particular badge is hallmarked “Swann & Hudson, Frankston VIC.”