Photos

Portraits

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Atherton Tableland, Queensland. 1943-07-02. Those present at a special conference at the 7th Australian Division headquarters, are left to right: back row: NX112778 Captain (Capt) A. Lewis; SX1741 Capt R. J. S. Seddon; SX2997 Capt P. H. G. Geddes; NX51088 Capt W. T. Prentice; NX12242 Major (Maj) O. D. Jackson; Capt E. Paget; 270532 Squadron Leader C. W. Munro, Royal Australian Air Force; NX466 Maj G. F. Larkin; NX85592 Maj E. S. Owens; SX3079 Capt H. Katekar; VX53 Maj I. H. Lowen; NX76365 Capt T. K. S. Whiting; Maj G. Noble; Maj A. S. Fox; Capt Watson; second row: NX12251 Capt K. Murdock; Maj C. McKay; WX1565 Maj H. A. Solomon; NX12326 Lieutenant Colonel (Lt-Col) A. J. Blyth, 2/4th Australian Field Regiment; NX34821 Lt-Col G. E. Parker, officer commanding Signals, 7th Australian Division; NX172 Lt-Col D. J. A. Nelson, 7th Australian Division; QX6067 Lt-Col J. T. Lang, MC., 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion; VX101933 Lt-Col R. A. J. Tompson, 7th Australian Division; VX213 Lt-Col W. T. Robertson, MC., general staff officer, operations, 7th Australian Division; NX34920 Maj K. A. Watts, 2nd Australian Corps; VX15144 Capt G. F. Bellmaine, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion; NX71146 Lt R. D. Gossip, Royal Australian Engineers, 7th Australian Division; Maj P. S. Smith (deputy assistant quartermaster-general) (DAQMG); front row: VX13430 Lt-Col L. G. Canet, OBE, assistant adjutant and quartermaster general, 7th Australian Division; Col K. H. Kinsler, United States Army; VX221 Brigadier F. K. Norris, CBE, DSO, ED., deputy director of medical services, 2nd Australian Corps; NX3 Brigadier K. W. Eather, CBE, DSO, ED., commanding 25th Australian Infantry Brigade; VX9 Maj General G. A. Vasey, CB, CBE, DSO., commanding 7th Australian Division; NX148 Brigadier I. N. Dougherty, DSO., commanding 21st Australian Infantry Brigade; NX231 Brigadier F. O. Chilton, DSO., commanding 18th Australian Infantry Brigade; SX4844 Colonel F. H. Beare, ED., assistant director of medical services, 7th Australian Division. AWM id no. 053744

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Atherton Tableland, Queensland. Circa 1943. SX6846 Lieutenant H. L. Lock. See the photo below for more details. Photo courtesy of M. Young (daughter of VX38234 E. S. Veal) id no. M_YOUNG_9

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Atherton Tableland, Queensland. Circa 1943. Back of photo above. Photo courtesy of M. Young (daughter of VX38234 E. S. Veal) id no. M_YOUNG_10

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South Australia?, Australia. Circa January 1944. SX6846 Lieutenant H. L. Lock. Photo courtesy of M. Young (daughter of VX38234 E. S. Veal) id no. M_YOUNG_6

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Victoria? Circa 1943-44. Arthur (Bill) Stanley Ferguson. Photo courtesy of S. Hanson (daughter in law of VX71785 A. S. Hanson) id no. S_HANSON_1

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Victoria? Date unknown. Ellen Lillian and Gordon Donald McPhee. Photo courtesy of A. McPhee (grandson of VX73732 G. D. McPhee) id no. A_MCPHEE_4

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Puckapunyal Camp, Seymour, Victoria. 1942. Joseph John Coad. Photo courtesy of L. A. Coad (daughter of VX50867 J. J. Coad) id no. L_COAD_1

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New South Wales? Circa 1942. Studio portrait of Thad Dowd. Photo courtesy of P. Dowd (son of NX87522 T. J. Dowd) id no. P_DOWD_1

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Queensland, 1943-07-19. No. 1 Platoon, Headquarters Company, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 7th Australian Division. AWM id no. 054346

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Queensland, 1943-07-19. No. 1 Platoon, Headquarters Company, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 7th Australian Division. AWM id no. 054347

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Queensland, 1943-07-19. No. 2 Platoon, Headquarters Company, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 7th Australian Division. AWM id no. 054348

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Queensland, 1943-07-19. No. 5 Platoon, Headquarters Company, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 7th Australian Division. AWM id no. 054351

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Queensland, 1943-07-19. "A" Company, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 7th Australian Division. AWM id no. 054340

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Queensland, 1943-07-19. "A" Company, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 7th Australian Division. AWM id no. 054341

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Puckapunyal Camp, Seymour, Victoria. circa 1942. "B" Company, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 7th Australian Division. Identified personnel : front row 1st from left VX23996 Arthur Doherty, front row 6th from left VX68919 Sid Cathie, middle row 4th from left VX73689 Charlie Douglas, back row 2nd from left VX72724 Norm Maud. Photo courtesy of E. Sandell id no. E_SANDELL_1

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Puckapunyal Camp, Seymour, Victoria. circa 1942. 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 7th Australian Division. Identified personnel : front row 2nd from left VX73689 Charlie Douglas, front row 3rd from left VX73087 Clarence `Bushy' Bush, back row 6th from left VX72724 Norm Maud. Photo courtesy of E. Sandell (daughter of VX73689 C. A. R. Douglas) id no. E_SANDELL_2

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Puckapunyal Camp, Seymour, Victoria. circa 1942. 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 7th Australian Division. Identified personnel : front row left to right White, VX42947 Charles Avery, VX73087 Clarence `Bushy' Bush (with hat), Robinson, unidentified, unidentified, Bolithos (batman), unidentified, unidentified. Back row left to right Charlie Douglas, unidentified, unidentified, Doug Forbes, Jack Forbes, unidentified, unidentified, Mitchell, Doug Shine. Photo courtesy of E. Sandell (daughter of VX73689 C. A. R. Douglas) id no. E_SANDELL_3

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Australia? circa 1943. Photo of VX72724 Norm Maud sent home by his mate VX73689 C. A. R. Douglas. Photo courtesy of E. Sandell (daughter of VX73689 C. A. R. Douglas) id no. E_SANDELL_20

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1940-08-02. Balcombe Camp, Mt. Martha, Victoria. 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, A Company, Hut 45. Identified personnel : front row left to right Norman Iredale, Jack Fisher, Clive, Alf, Syd, Jim, Joe Blatchford?. Centre row left to right George Leaf, John, Gordon Donald McPhee, Andy, Norm, Ken Duncan. Back row left to right Horrie, Lester, Darkie, Robbie, Les, George Conroy. Photo courtesy of A. McPhee (grandson of VX73732 G. D. McPhee) id no. A_MCPHEE_1

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Victoria? Circa 1942. Identified personnel : left to right Donald Ferguson, unidentified, unidentified. Photo courtesy of B. Ferguson (son of VX74095 D. J. Ferguson) id no. B_FERGUSON_1

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Location unknown, possibly New South Wales. Circa 1942. Identified personnel : from left NX95044 Charlie Gatehouse, Beau. Beau was in the Army with Charlie and presumably the 2/2 Pioneers as Charlie used to meet him at the reunions on Anzac Day. Beau's surname is unknown. He passed away prior to 1979. Photo courtesy of J. Jefferson (daughter of NX95044 F. C. Gatehouse) id no. J_JEFFERSON_5

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Queensland, 1943-07-19. "B" Company, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 7th Australian Division. AWM id no. 054342

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Queensland, 1943-07-19. "B" Company, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 7th Australian Division. AWM id no. 054343

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Queensland, 1943-07-19. "C" Company, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 7th Australian Division. AWM id no. 054345

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Mount Garnet, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Group photograph of 3 Platoon, Mortar, 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion. AWM id no. 054442

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Mount Garnet, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Group photograph of 4 Platoon, Tank Attack, 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion. AWM id no. 054440

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Mount Garnet, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Group photograph of 6 Platoon, Administration, 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion. AWM id no. 054441

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Mount Garnet, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Group photograph of the Band of the 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion. AWM id no. 054443

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Mount Garnet, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Photograph of VX15144 Captain G.F. Bellmaine, Adjutant, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, AIF. AWM id no. 054449

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Mount Garnet, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Photograph of NX77300 Captain P.A. Langford, Quartermaster, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, AIF. AWM id no. 054451

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Mount Garnet, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Group photograph of the Battalion Headquarters Staff of the 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion. AWM id no. 054444

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Mount Garnet, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Group photograph of I Section, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, AIF. AWM id no. 054450

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Mount Garnet, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Photograph of Lieutenant Colonel J.T. Lang, MC, Commanding Officer, 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion. AWM id no. 054447

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Mount Garnet, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Photograph of VX15141 Major E.F. Aitken, Second in Charge, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, AIF. AWM id no. 054448

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Mount Garnet, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Group photograph of the officers of the 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion. AWM id no. 054445

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Watsonia, Victoria. 1944-04-18. VX9 Major General G. A. Vasey, CB, CBE, DSO., general officer commanding, 7th Division (1), accompanied by the officer in charge, inspecting the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion. Identified personnel are:- NX12613 Major H. E. Tope (2); VX22658 Lieutenant F. D. Ray (3); Private C. W. Preston (4); Private W. V. Condon (5); Private L. G. Stage (6); Private R. W. Wilson (7); Private A. Shine (8); Private J. Lyson (9); Sergeant A. S. Camm (10); Private D. H. Anderson (11); Private W. Hassell (12); Private G. L. Dunn (13). AWM id no. 065550

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Trinity Beach, Queensland. 1944-07-23. Members of the syndicates attending the staff and command course for senior officers of the 7th Division, the 9th Division and Corps units arranged by Headquarters, 1st Australian Corps. Identified personnel are:- NX15834 Captain A. J. C. Newton, 24th Infantry Brigade (1); VX80921 Lieutenant Colonel C. E. Davis, DSO., MC., commanding officer, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion (3); VX103 Lieutenant Colonel W. J. Grenn, commanding officer, 2/7TH Field Regiment (4); VX133 Brigadier S. H. W. C. Porter, DSO., ED., officer commanding, 24th Infantry Brigade (5); SX10309 Lieutenant Colonel T. H. Scott, commanding officer, 2/32nd Infantry Battalion (6); WX3421 Lieutenant Colonel C. H. B. Norman, DSO., MC., commanding officer, 2/28th Infantry Battalion (7); VX13930 Major A. G. Rylah, 2/24th Field Regiment, New Guinea Force (8); NX12355 Captain H. B. Staniland, 24th Infantry Brigade (9); VX39719 Captain R. G. Cronk, 2/32nd Infantry Battalion (10); NX14551 Captain F. A. Varley, 2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion (11); VX69785 Captain R.J. Lipman, 24th Infantry Brigade (13); WX173 Captain A. Biatchford, 9th Division (14); QX265971 Lieutenant P. O. Graham, 2nd Military Landing Group (15); QX23690 Major C. C. Wark, deputy assistant director of medical services, 1st Australian Corps (16); NX77304 Captain K. C. F. Harris, 9th Division (17); QX6442 Captain A. H. Murray, Royal Australian Engineers, 9th Division (18); VX58330 Captain P. F. Meredith, 53rd Composite Anti-Aircraft Regiment (19); WX1016 Lieutenant E. A. Eastman, 2/28th Infantry Battalion (20). AWM id no. 067881

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Trinity Beach, Queensland. 1944-09-12. VX113390 Private W. P. Donovan (1), and VX72863 Private H. J. Brown (2), members of C Company, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, talking outside a two-man tent. The unit is engaged in coastwise exercises with the 26th Infantry Brigade. AWM id no. 080444

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Trinity Beach, Queensland. 1944-09-12. NX80351 Corporal C. S. Thomson, C Company, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion (1), resting in a combination hammock- mosquito net- shelter. The unit is engaged in coastwise training exercises with the 26th Infantry Brigade. AWM id no. 080445

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Trinity Beach, Queensland. 1944-09-12. A general view of the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion bivouac area, with personnel of D Company at the foreground. Identified personnel are:- NX87522 Corporal T. J. Dowd (1); NX88670 Corporal I. F. Dodd (2); NX87426 Private E. A. Allen (3); VX70984 Private J. A. Darragh (4); NX148871 Private E. E. Lindsay (5); SX30728 Private T. R. Murphy (6); VX73585 Private W. J. Elliott (7); NX200937 Private C. A. McDonald (8); NX88456 Corporal F. N. J. Fallon (9). AWM id no. 080446

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Trinity Beach area, Queensland. 1944-09-08. A beach headquarters manned mostly by personnel from the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion during amphibious training exercises conducted with the 26th Infantry Brigade. Identified personnel are: VX7147 Captain P. H. Scholz (1); VX522 Lieutenant L. D. P. Murphy (3). AWM id no. 080389


Training

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Circa 1942. Balcombe Army Camp, Victoria. VX71271 Private Thomas Bowden 3rd from left in second row of seated soldiers (with his head close to the soldier in front of him). Photo courtesy of P. Bowden (son of VX71271 T. Bowden) id no. P_BOWDEN_1

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Location unknown, possibly New South Wales. Circa 1942. 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion mates. Photo courtesy of J. Jefferson (daughter of NX95044 F. C. Gatehouse) id no. J_JEFFERSON_1

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Location unknown, possibly New South Wales. Circa 1942. 2/2nd Pioneers at rest. Photo courtesy of J. Jefferson (daughter of NX95044 F. C. Gatehouse) id no. J_JEFFERSON_2

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Location unknown, possibly New South Wales. Circa 1942. 2/2nd Pioneers at rest. Photo courtesy of J. Jefferson (daughter of NX95044 F. C. Gatehouse) id no. J_JEFFERSON_3

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Location unknown, possibly New South Wales. Circa 1942. Identified personnel : believed patting dog NX95044 F. C. Gatehouse. Photo courtesy of J. Jefferson (daughter of NX95044 F. C. Gatehouse) id no. J_JEFFERSON_4

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Location unknown, possibly New South Wales. Circa 1942. Identified personnel : believed first from left NX95044 F. C. Gatehouse. Photo courtesy of J. Jefferson (daughter of NX95044 F. C. Gatehouse) id no. J_JEFFERSON_6

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Wagga Wagga, NSW. 1943-06-16. General view of the assault course at the Royal Australian Engineers Training Centre, Kapooka Army Camp. AWM id no. 052538

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Tully Falls, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Temporary shelters made by members of the 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion during their jungle training. They called the area Langari. AWM id no. 054435

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Tully Falls, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Members of the 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion carrying out jungle training. AWM id no. 054433

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Tully Falls, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Troops from the 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion crossing a self made bridge during jungle training. AWM id no. 054434

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Tully Falls, Queensland. 1943-07-19. Members of 17 Platoon, D Company, 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion leaving their camp area to carry out a patrol. AWM id no. 054437

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Tully Falls, Queensland. 1943-07-19. A soldier from 2/2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion occupying a fox hole during a jungle training exercise. AWM id no. 054438

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Wondecla, Queensland. 1945-02-14. The Duke of Gloucester, Governor General of Australia, (3), accompanied by members of the official party, watches C Company, 2/9 Armoured Regiment and 2/2 Pioneer Battalion troops during battle exercises. Identified personnel are:- Brigadier H Wells, (1); Lieutenant General Sir Leslie J Morshead, (2); Brigadier D G Schreiber, (4). AWM id no. 086675

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Wondecla, Queensland. 1945-02-14. The Duke of Gloucester, Governor General of Australia, (4), accompanied by members of the official party, watches C Squadron, 2/9 Armoured Regiment, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion and 2/11 Field Company troops engaged in battle exercises. Identified personnel are:- Lieutenant Colonel A E McIntyre, (1); Brigadier H Wells, (2); Lieutenant General Sir Leslie J Morshead, (3). AWM id no. 086676

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Wondecla, Queensland. 1945-02-14. The Duke of Gloucester, Governor General of Australia, (1), with Colonel C R Hodgson, commander 2 Beach Group, (2), watches C Squadron, 2/9 Armoured Regiment troops supporting 2/2 Pioneer Battalion members in an attack during battle exercises. AWM id no. 086677

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Wondecla, Queensland. 1945-02-14. The Duke of Gloucester, Governor General of Australia, (2), accompanied by members of the official party, watches 2/9 Armoured Regiment, and 2/2 Pioneer Battalions attacking during battle with 2/11 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers. Identified personnel are:- Major C A Wade, officer commanding C Squadron, 2/9 Armoured Regiment, (1). AWM id no. 086678

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Wondecla, Queensland. 1945-02-14. The Duke of Gloucester, Governor General of Australia, (9), with senior officers after witnessing an exercise involving 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, 2/9 Armoured Regiment, and 2/11 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers troops. Identified personnel are:- Colonel C R Hodgson, commander 2 Beach Group, (1); Lieutenant General Sir Leslie J Morshead, (3); Brigadier H Wells, (4); Lieutenant Colonel A E McIntyre, commanding officer, 2/9 Armoured Regiment, (5); Lt-Col D Dwyer, (6); Lt-Col F Hassett, (7); Major D Hawkins, (8); Brig. D G Schreiber, (9). AWM id no. 086679

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Wondecla, Queensland. 1945-02-14. The Duke of Gloucester, Governor General of Australia, (1), watching C Squadron, 2/9 Armoured Regiment, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, and a section of the 2/11 Field Company cross a minefield during training exercises. AWM id no. 086728


Contests

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Wondecla area, Queensland. 1945-01-19. Private E Orr, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, 2 Beach Group, competing in the "Kicking The Football" event during the 9th Division gymkhana and race meeting held at the Herberton racecourse. AWM id no. 085812

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Wondecla, Atherton Tableland, Queensland. 1945-01-19. Major Ransome, attached 20 Infantry Brigade, (1), inspects a platoon from 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, 2 Beach Group. The men are participating in the platoon drill contest during the 9th Division gymkhana and race meeting held at the Herberton racecourse. (for identification of 14 named personnel refer provisional caption). AWM id no. 085798

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Wondecla, Atherton Tableland, Queensland. 1945-01-19. Beach Group, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion troops in action during the 3 inch mortar contest. The men are participating in the 9th Division gymkhana and race meeting held at the Herberton racecourse. Identified personnel are:- Private R Beckett, (1); Lance Corporal H J Gibbs, (2); Corporal R Culton, (3). AWM id no. 085799

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Herberton, Queensland. 1945-01-20. 2 pounder tank attack guns going into "action rear" during the gun drill contest organized by HQ Royal Australian Artillery 9th Division. The event was won by a Tank Attack Platoon of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion. AWM id no. 085892


Miscellaneous

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Circa 1945. Port Douglas / Trinity Beach, Queensland prior to Borneo embarkation. Identified personnel : standing on the right hand side of the turtle shell (at front) QX47480 Len Manski, with arms crossed VX91496 Richard George Hunter. Photo courtesy of D. Manski (son of QX47480 L. Manski) id no. D_MANSKI_1

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Gympie, Queensland. 1944-12-12. Troops enjoying a game of cards while travelling by troop train from Melbourne to North Queensland. Identified personnel are (clockwise): Driver V. Holmes (1), Corporal C. E. Holmes (2), Private G. Mills, 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion (3), Sergeant H. I. King (4), 2nd Water Transport Group. AWM id no. 084975

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Circa 1940s. Pair of Australian Army mosquito gloves issued to Private W. G. Humphreys, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, A.I.F. for wear in tropical conditions. The gloves are a gauntlet style with cuffs elongated to just past the elbows and a widened gusset at the end. Attached to the inside of the gusset is a white cotton tape for winding around the outside of the glove, securing the lower arm against insects. Just inside the end of the glove is stamped in black ink 'L [BROAD ARROW] D'. Each glove is stitched around the thumb and between the fingers. The gloves are not lined. AWM id no. REL38815

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Circa 1940. Pair of Australian Army Second World War 1937 pattern gaiters issued to Private W. G. Humphreys, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, A.I.F. that have been blancoed white. On one end of each gaiter are two canvas tongues and on the opposite end are canvas loops with brass buckles attached for fastening the gaiters. On the reverse of the gaiters is cotton canvas reinforcing running across the lower half and extra reinforcing panels in the shape of half moons, one to sit over the top of the service boot and the other to sit over the heel. Printed in black ink on the reverse side of the gaiter is the maker's details which have been obscured by wear. On the first gaiter near the makers mark is the batch mark stamped in black ink 'C [BROAD ARROW] 539'. On the second gaiter also stamped in black ink is the batch number 'C [BROAD ARROW] 939'. AWM id no. REL38819

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Circa 1941. Brown suede buckle up money belt. The body of the belt is one piece of suede folded in half and sewn across the top two thirds of the belt. The last third has been divided into two pockets by three vertical stitches through the suede. Two suede flaps have been added with two press studs per pocket for closing. Past the pockets is a leather strap with a metal buckle which has been sewn and riveted to the suede belt. On the opposite end of the belt a leather tongue has been sewn. Underneath the tongue at the end of the belt has been added another suede flap secured to the belt with a press stud. This pocket seals the body of the belt allowing money or papers to be stored within. In the centre of the back of the belt has been written in black pen 'W.G. HUMPHREYS V47956 (this number has 4 black pen lines through it) VX 91116'. AWM id no. REL38814

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Circa 1940. Brown canvas AIF embarkation kitbag. At the top of the bag are 11 brass eyelets with a hole in the bag where there is an eyelet missing. A cotton cord is threaded through these eyelets to close the kitbag. A circular brown canvas flap is attached inside the mouth of the bag which enables the bag's contents to be protected from the elements when closed. The side of the bag has been stencilled in grey paint 'VX 91116 / HUMPHREYS W G / 61232'. Next to the 61232 are three horizontal stencilled lines one above the other. The top and bottom lines are in yellow paint and the middle line is in grey paint. The circular base of the bag is reinforced with a second layer of brown canvas and is stencilled in yellow paint 'W G H' the rest of the stencilling is illegible due to an identity sticker having been attached to the bottom of the bag. The sticker itself is damaged, but mostly still legible. The label is tan in colour with black print '(obscured) GROUP / NAME / SOLDIER NUMBER / UNIT / (obscured) / K NO. 80724 / NO. SECTION, AUST KIT STORE. NO.___ / TO BE SECURELY (obscured) ON END OF PACKAGE (obscured)'. AWM id no. REL38813