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 January

1917 — 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, sailed for France. This was the last AFC Squadron formed in WW1 and began active service over the Western Front in the Battle of Cambrai

1945 — Battle of TSIMBA RIDGE, a strongly fortified Japanese position  in the north of Bougainville

1991 — Coalition air attacks began against Iraqi forces in IRAQ and KUWAIT, marking the beginning of the GULF WAR, which ended when Iraqi forces were driven from Kuwait