9th (QLD) Battalion marker pennant, c. 1915

Historical note: 

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

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 the 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 Lieutenant General Baden Powell.

Materials: 
[cotton]
Conflict: 
Great War
1914-18
Location: 
[Egypt]
Production Date: 
c. 1915

On this day

On this day
22 October

1916 — HMAS UNA (ex German sloop KOMET) arrived at Malekula Island, New Hebrides, to mount a punitive action against rebellious natives. 40% of UNA’s crew were struck down with malaria

1942 — Battle of GOODENOUGH ISLAND, New Guinea.  This island was occupied by the Sasebo 5th SNLF (Japanese) and securing it was part of the build-up for a major offensive at BUNA

1950 — Battle of YONGJU / The Apple Orchard. This was the first action that Australian troops saw in Korea when they were called to support American troops. Capt Denness won a Military Cross, Lt Butler won a Silver Star and 7 Australians were wounded in the action