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
17 February

1900 — Troops of the New South Wales Mounted Rifles formed part of major attack at PAARDEBERG, South Africa. This attack led to the surrender of GEN. Piet Cronje and 4000 of his troops. This was the last major action of the BOER WAR

1970 — 8 RAR and 1st Armoured Regiment were engaged in the Battle of LONG HAI, Vietnam. 8 RAR was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation including Cross of Valour with Palm Unit Citation by the South Vietnamese Government for this action.