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RELAWM00366
ID number RELAWM00366
Title Triangular blue and red signal flag used by 3 Brigade at Gallipoli : Private G B Carter, 10 Battalion, AIF
Collection Heraldry
Object type Flag
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1914-1915
Physical description Wool

Description

Triangular dark blue wool bunting signal flag with a large red dot in the centre. The flag is frayed at the tip and has several holes.


Summary

Collected by Lieutenant George Box Carter MC, 4 Pioneer Battalion. He enlisted as a private (signaller) in 10 Battalion on 2 September 1914, and was one of the first ashore with Major C H Brand (Brigade Major) when 3 Brigade landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Brand advanced with the men and soon found himself at the farthest point of the brigade's front line. As the major's signaller, Carter used the flag to send the first report of the successful landing back to the Brigadier, Major-General Ewen George Sinclair-MacLagan.

Carter continued to use the flag during the first couple of days to indicate the establishment and progress of the initial firing line to Sinclair-MacLagan. The Brigadier made decisions on the disposition of troops that landed later, on the basis of signals received from this flag. Carter was later commissioned and returned to Australia as lieutenant on 18 July 1919.