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
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor