Waterproof Bag for Australian Army Issued First Aid Kit : Private T W J Lupton, 1 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment

Accession Number REL32711
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Cotton, Plastic
Maker Sanax Pty Ltd
Place made Australia: Victoria
Date made c 1965
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Olive green waterproof plastic bag from the standard Australian Army issue Section First Aid Kit. The list of contents and the directions of how to use a standard issued Section First Aid Kit are printed on the exterior in yellow text. There is a chocolate brown cotton drawstring at the top of the bag. There are some blue and black stains on the rear of the bag.

History / Summary

Issued by the Australian Army to protect the Infantry Sections First Aid Kit from damage and water. These types of protective sleeves were popular with Australian troops who wished to keep their possessions such as their note pads, personal effects and toiletries waterproofed. This particular plastic bag was used by 213548 Private Thomas William John Lupton. Born 28 March 1943, Lupton served in South Vietnam with 1 Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) from 5 June 1965 to 3 June 1966. He later served nine years in the Australian Regular Army. He retired from the Army with the rank of corporal with 2RAR.