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Re: Sgt. Mervyn Veitch Williams

From: Bryn Dolan battalion@earthling.net
Date: 12/8/00
Time: 7:42:22 PM
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Hi George, Rob

Do you think the colour patch might be 2nd AIF? The 2nd AIF patches had a grey outer border (which may have faded to white in this case), with the unit patch within. Only problem with this theory might be that, had the soldier in question previously served in the First AIF, he was entitled to wear a miniature version of his WW1 patch above the full-sized 2nd AIF one, and this unform doesn't have that. Neither does it have the brass 'Australia' shoulder titles, which were worn only by the 1st and 2nd AIF, so perhaps it is, as Rob speculated, a between-wars militia outfit.

I don't have access to it at the moment, but there's a book:

Department of Defence (Army Office). Army Colour Patch Register 1915 - 1949. Department of Defence (Army Office), Canberra, 1993.

This would probably give you the answer, if either of you can get access to it. I know the Mitchell Library in Sydney has it, but imagine most big libraries would also keep it.


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