Housewife : Gunner L D Price, 2 Light Horse Regiment AIF

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England, Greater London, London
Accession Number REL34137
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Canvas, Cotton, Cotton drill, Cotton tape, Plastic, Steel, Wood, Wool
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1930s
Conflict Period 1930-1939

Khaki cotton housewife fitted with a pocket at one end and finished with an arrowhead shape at the other. Sewn over the pocket is a white cotton canvas needle holder, with nine needles - some threaded - slid into the holder. There is a canvas sleeve attached centrally which is divided lengthways into three long sleeves for holding wool thread. Stamped in black on this central sleeve reads: 'AUST 2300' . Two lengths of khaki cotton tape are sewn to the triangular end to secure the housewife into a roll. The pocket contains a packet of 'Abel Morrall's' needles, three small wooden spools of different coloured cotton thread, and a small canvas purse containing a thimble and an assortment of plastic buttons (sixteen in total).

History / Summary

Related to the military service of Lewis David Price who was born at Goodna, Queensland in January 1896. Before the First World War he served a year in the militia 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 at 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 was part of the Australian Coronation Contingent, which 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. Upon his return to Australia, 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 was also a member of the Gallipoli Contingent of 1965. It is believed this housewife dates from his time with the Militia during the 1930s.