Wild Woodbine cigarettes : 1939-1945 : Australia

Accession Number REL/08981.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Cardboard, Paper, Tobacco
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 2: Aus Threat
Maker W D & H O Wills, Bristol & London
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made 1930-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Pack of ten "Wild Woodbine" cigarettes in the standard pale green and russet pack as issued from 1888. Front of pack is decorated with Arts and Crafts motifs and the maker's name. Reverse cites an award won by the company accompanied by a "genuine package" guarantee. The right side of the pack carries the registered trade mark information, while the left side carries the words "10 cigarettes".

History / Summary

Carried by NX3539 Major Albert Edward Bamgarten, when he was hit by enemy gunfire in the Middle East campaigns. Born on 23 December 1907, Bamgarten enlisted on 23 October 1939 and was posted to 2nd Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers, 9 Division with whom he served in Libya, and after recovering from his wounds, in the Tarakan campaign. He was discharged on 12 December 1945.