|Physical description||Cotton drill|
|Place made||United Kingdom|
|Date made||c 1916|
First World War, 1914-1918
Kit bag : Lance Corporal R A Overy, 4 Machine Gun Company, AIF
Small khaki cotton kitbag with cotton reinforced lace eyelets around the edge of the opening. The side of the bag is stencilled in black ink with the words: '205 R. E. OVERY 4TH. M. G. COY A.I.F'. The bag base is stencilled in black with the service number: '205'. Inside the bag opening is a black War Department stamp.
Richard Alfred Overy was a plumber from Haberfield, New South Wales when he enlisted on 7 September 1914, as a driver in 13 Infantry Battalion. With the regimental number 205, he sailed as an original member of the Battalion in December 1914. He was a non-commissioned officer and machine-gunner at Gallipoli and in France. Overy was transferred from 13 Infantry Battalion on March 1916 to 4 Machine Gun Company (MGC). During his time in France, rugby league was a favoured recreational activity, and a group of soldiers from 4 MGC formed a team, the 'Mudlarks', with a black and white bird silhouette upon the chest of their jerseys representing the Australian mudlark. Overy was seriously wounded in 1917 and returned to Australia on 10 January 1918.