Blazer : Gunner L D Price, Returned Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Imperial League of Australia

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Accession Number REL34141
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton, Metal, Synthetic, Wool
Maker Supercraft
Place made Australia
Date made c 1964-1965
Conflict Period 1960-1969

Dark blue wool blazer, lined throughout with dark grey synthetic fabric, with narrow lapels, a centre back vent and patch pockets on the left breast and over each hip. The breast pocket is machine embroidered in white, yellow, red and blue cotton with the badge of the Returned Sailors Soldiers & Airmens Imperial League of Australia. The blazer fastens down the front with two flat metal buttons. A further button is at each cuff. All have been given a shiny silver finish by covering them with aluminium foil.

History / Summary

Related to the service of Lewis David Price. 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 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 part of the Gallipoli Contingent of 1965.