Fez : Gunner L D Price, Coronation Contingent (1937)

Accession Number REL34135
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Felt, Leatherette, Plant fibre, Twine
Maker Unknown
Place made Turkey
Date made c 1937
Conflict Period 1930-1939

Maroon felted fez with black tassel. The inside of the cap is lined with woven plant fibre and has a deteriorating leatherette band around the inner rim. A maker's tag is attached to the roof inside the fez and features Turkish and British flags, as well as the words 'CAMP ADEN'.

History / Summary

Collected by Gunner Lewis David Price of the Australian Coronation Contingent, which travelled to England, via Egypt (where Price obtained this item), 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 he also took part in the Gallipoli Contingent of 1965.