9th Battalion pennant

Historical note: 

This marker pennant bears the faded colours of the 9th Battalion, originally black over pale blue. These same colours were worn in miniature at the sleeve top 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 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 the Anzac commander General Birwood, the princes and other well known identities.

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

On this day

On this day
24 April

1918 — Second Battle of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX began. Australian and British troops fought to regain the town that had been captured just three weeks earlier. There were 1469 Australian casualties, many due to mustard gas

1918 — LT C. SADLIER won a Victoria Cross for his inspirational gallantry during the battle at Villers-Bretonneux