9th Battalion marker pennant

Historical note: 

This marker pennant bears the faded colours of the 9th Battalion, originally black over pale blue. These same colours were worn at the top of the sleeve of the men's uniforms. Although the principal recruiting area for the battalion was around Brisbane a significant number of recruits came from northern NSW.

The marker pennant was used to mark unit lines for the 9th Battalion while training in Egypt and on Lemnos before becoming the first AIF unit ashore at Gallipoli.

After its use in the war the pennant was carried to several post-war reunions where it picked up signatures of HRH Prince Albert, the Duke of York, HRH Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood, Field Marshal George Francis Milne and Lt General Baden Powell.

Materials: 
fabric
Category: 
Awards and decorations
Themes: 
Gallipoli
Conflict: 
First World War
Story: 
9th Battalion
Production Date: 
1915

On this day

On this day
9 July

1940 — HMA Ships SYDNEY, STUART, VOYAGER, and VAMPIRE, together with ships of the Royal Navy, engaged the Italian Navy in the Battle of CALABRIA

1942 — 2/24th Battalion captured a German radio interception and intelligence unit, effectively blinding Rommel in North Africa

1943 — 3 and 450 Squadron, RAAF, and eight Australian warships, were part of a force of some 180,000 troops and 2,590 ships involved in the invasion of SICILY