Trench art German aeroplane : Sapper C G Blunt, 12 Field Company Engineers, AIF

Place Europe: Western Front
Accession Number REL31917
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Trench Art
Physical description Brass; Aluminium
Maker Unknown
Place made France
Date made c 1916-1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Trench art aeroplane made from a cartridge with pieces of aluminium for the wings and tail. The end of each wing is marked with a black cross, the symbol of the German Air Force.

History / Summary

16171 Sapper Cecil George Blunt was born in Chiswick, NSW and was an engineering apprentice with a Brisbane firm when he enlisted in the AIF on 5 October 1916, aged 23. He embarked for overseas service with the Field Company Engineers (FCE) Reinforcements on 11 November that year and arrived in France, after training in England, in April 1917. He was taken on strength into 12 FCE that month and served the rest of the war with this unit on the Western Front. He embarked for return to Australia in England on 15 June 1919 and was discharged on 10 September.