2/7th Battalion souvenir pennant : Captain R W Saunders
|Title||2/7th Battalion souvenir pennant : Captain R W Saunders|
|Date made||c. 1939 - 1945|
Triangular red wool felt souvenir pennant with dark brown felt reinforcing strip and two pairs of ties attached to the fly. Printed in yellow is a Rising Sun badge over '2/7 AUS. INF. BN.' over the battalion colour patch (brown over red), over 'CEDE NULLIS'. Printed adjacent to this design are the following battle honours: 'PALESTINE / EGYPT / AFRICA / GREECE / CRETE / SYRIA / CEYLON / NEW GUINEA'. Pinned to the pennant are the following badges: US artillery insignia of pair of crossed barrels; US Army captain's insignia badge; US Army Signals Corps collar badge; 'AUSTRALIA' shoulder title; Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry hat badge; pair of United States Presidential Distinguished Unit Citations, one very faded; 6th Australian Infantry Regiment collar badge; unidentified Chinese medal; USAAF Pilot's cap badge.
Reg Saunders was born in 1920, in Purnum, Victoria, near the Framlingham Aboriginal Reserve. He came from a long line of soldiers. Both his father and his uncle served in the First World War. His uncle, Reg Rawlings, for whom he was named, received a Military Medal for action at Morlancourt Ridge, France. Rawlings was killed in action at Vauvillers, in 1918.