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
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