Jewish badges : Major L D Price, Gallipoli Contingent (1965)

Accession Number REL34140
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Metal, Paper
Maker Unknown
Place made Israel
Date made c 1965
Conflict Period 1960-1969

Small piece of paper embossed with the coat of arms of Jerusalem and printed words: 'With the Compliments of the Mayor of Jerusalem'. Two lapel pins and a badge are pinned through the paper. The first lapel pin, bronze in colour, features the Lion of Judah positioned inside the Star of David which is surmounted by the Menorah. The second pin, silver in colour, is in the style of the coat of arms of the city of Jerusalem. The badge features a depiction of the Wailing Wall and is accompanied by Hebrew script.

History / Summary

Presented to Major Lewis Price by the Mayor of Jerusalem during the 1965 tour to Gallipoli and the Middle East. 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 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. Upon his return 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 part of the Gallipoli Contingent of 1965.