Cigarette tin : Gunner L D Price, Coronation Contingent (1937)

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England, Greater London, London
Accession Number REL34133
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Foil paper, Paper, Tin
Maker W D & H O Wills, Bristol & London
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made c 1937
Conflict Period 1930-1939

Souvenir tin for Wills' Gold Flake cigarettes celebrating the 1937 coronation. The hinged tin, painted gold, features a gold wreath surmounted by a crown with a portrait of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on red background contained within. Above the wreath is written: 'CORONATION MAY 12TH 1937'. To the lower left of the wreath is written: 'WILLS'S GOLD FLAKE CIGARETTES' and to the lower right of the wreath is the Gold Flake logo. Inside the tin, is the original tissue paper which covered the cigarettes. A foil sheet that once covered the paper has since stuck to the roof of the tin lid, obscuring the product details printed there.

History / Summary

Collected by Gunner Lewis David Price when he was selected to be part of the Australian Coronation Contingent. The Contingent travelled to England, via Egypt, for the 1937 Coronation of King George VI. Price was one of the Australians who suggested that Dominion soldiers participate in a 24 hour guard at Buckingham Palace and proudly took his turn as King's Guardsman. A native of Goodna in Queensland, Price was born in January 1896. Before the First World War he did a year of militia service with 11 Infantry Regiment and then enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 2 November 1914 with the service number 494. He was attached to the 2 Light Horse Field Ambulance and landed on Gallipoli in May 1915. On 14 December he was evacuated with frostbite a few weeks before the general evacuation. He soon rejoined his unit and served in Egypt and Palestine until the end of the war. He left Suez for home leave in November 1918 and was discharged 26 February 1919. By the time of his discharge he was a corporal and had been Mentioned in Despatches. His MID was published in London on 22 January 1919. Between the wars Price worked with the Department of Defence as a Storeman. In the late 1930s he joined the Commonwealth Military Forces and on his return to Australia from the Coronation celebrations he was posted to Darwin with the Australian Army Ordnance Corps (AAOC) from 1938-1940. On 19 June he enlisted in the AIF and was assigned the service number DX564. In October that year he embarked for service in the Middle East. He served in North Africa, Palestine and Syria with 7 Division Headquarters, on the staff of Major General Lavarack. He returned to Australia in March 1942 and continued serving with the AAOC in the Northern Territory with the Darwin Mobile Force and was in command of 2 Base Ammunition Depot. During his service he was promoted lieutenant in August 1941, captain in September 1942 and major in May 1944. He was discharged on 30 June 1948, though also took part in the Gallipoli Contingent of 1965.