Albert 'Tibby' Cotter's Identity Disc

Historical note: 

In 1906, Australian soldiers were issued with a tin disc rather than the original fabric tape for inside their uniforms, and given orders that this was to be worn around the neck. The discs were stamped with the soldier's name, service or regimental number, religion, and unit. Like all Australian soldiers, Tibby Cotter was required to carry this identity disc with him at all times.

 

More information on Identity Tags can be found on the Australian War Memorial website.

Materials: 
Tin
Category: 
Equipment
Themes: 
Personal story
Conflict: 
First World War
Story: 
Albert 'Tibby' Cotter

On this day

On this day
11 December

1899— 29 NSW LANCERS were part of a British force which suffered a heavy defeat at the hand of the BOERS at MAGERSFONTEIN, South Africa

1918—  HMAS BRISBANE arrived in Sevastopol, Russia, in support of White Russian forces fighting against revolutionary Bolshevik forces

1952— Operation FAUNA began in Korea. This action was planned to take prisoners to find out more about recently arrived Chinese troops and to destroy enemy trenches. It was 1RAR’s last action of the Korean War

1969— HMAS JEPARIT was commissioned into the RAN to transport stores and equipment to Vietnam. The bulk carrier had been the subject of ongoing union action since August 1966.