Unofficial Imperial Camel Corps hat badge, c. 1916

Historical note: 

Australians were a vital part of the Imperial Camel Corps (ICC) during the Great War. Raised in Egypt in 1916 to defend the Suez Canal, the ICC included three battalions of Australians. Seeing themselves as elite soldiers in a special purpose unit, Australians within the ICC commissioned themselves an unofficial badge. Sand-cast in Egypt by local artisans, this unique emblem replaced the AIF general service or ‘Rising Sun’ badge worn on their hats and at the collar of their tunics .

Made of oxidised brass, the design of the badge uses the rays of the sun above the scroll AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH MILITARY FORCES. In place of the Royal Crown of the general service badge, this badge is embossed with walking camel. 

 

 

 

Materials: 
oxidised brass
Conflict: 
Great War
1914-18
Location: 
Egypt
Production Date: 
c. 1916

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