Tuesday 4 February 2014 by Yi Jiang. 11 comments
Education at the Memorial, News

"What is it?"

Calling all teachers, students, and history buffs: test your observation and deduction with number five in our Collection Detection series. Tell us what you think this object is in the comments section below, and next week we will post the answer along with some questions for classroom research and discussion.

Hint: This object was found at Lone Pine in January 1919 by Lieutenant William Hopkins James.



An implement to bang posts into the ground. Often known as a post-hammer. It would have probably been used at Lone Pine to hammer metal posts to hold barbed wire.

Jen T

Our consensus was it appears to be some kind of scope or sighting device... hard to tell without knowing how big it is though.

David Stephens

Something for getting stones out of donkey's hoofs.


i believe this might be a pouring device. the thread at one end screwed into a can or keg. then the handle was used to tilt the can or keg to pour whatever was in the can or keg out. the handle could have been used to tighten the spout into a drum, can or keg


Agree with Martin. Used to drive spikes into the ground to string barbed wire. Handle would swing to allow for easier use.


Garland Trench Mortar

Troy Sisley

Garland Trench Mortar

Liam Barlow

A mortar tube.

Donald Walker

Agree with Martin, used to drive star pickets into the ground for fencing

Joy McD

I think it may be something that the pipe screws into - hence different coloured ends - and is carried by the handle. The handle looks as if it swings over to the other end (or left central)

Joy McD

Its a Garland Trench Mortar used in Lone Pine, Gallipoli. It was made c.1915