Shoulder strap and section of tunic with AUSTRALIA title and colour patch attached : 6 Battalion AIF, Krithia, Gallipoli
|Title||Shoulder strap and section of tunic with AUSTRALIA title and colour patch attached : 6 Battalion AIF, Krithia, Gallipoli|
|Date made||c 1914-1915|
Khaki woollen shoulder strap and fragment of sleeve from an Australian service dress jacket. The fabric is ragged and faded, with numerous holes and tears. Just above the shoulder join of the strap is an oxidised brass 'AUSTRALIA' title, attached with a single brass split pin. At the top of the sleeve section is the remains of a horizontal purple over red colour patch, representing 6 Infantry Battalion, AIF. The patch has been crudely sewn on to the uniform with white thread. The upper (purple) section of the patch is made of wool flannel, and while soiled, retains much of its original colour. The lower (red) section appears to be made of felted wool, and has faded almost entirely to a very pale pink khaki.
Relic of the advance towards Krithia made by the 2nd AIF Brigade (5, 6, 7 and 8 Infantry Battalions) on the afternoon of 8 May 1915. Some 500 Australians were killed in this attack, and many of their bodies, being under direct enemy fire, could not be recovered.