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
24 June

1927 — Opening of the MENIN GATE Memorial at YPRES, Belgium. This Memorial records the names of over 56,000 Allied soldiers, including 6176 Australians, missing in the battles around YPRES in World War 1

1940 — The British Government requested Australian support in the provision of military assets to assist in the garrisoning Malaya

1942 — Rommel’s Afrika Corps attacked Egypt, forcing the Allied troops back to El ALAMEIN

1942 — Maroubra Force was formed from the 300 strong Papuan Infantry Battalion and the 39th Battalion, an Australian militia unit. Its job was to defend Port Moresby