Service dress tunic : Private G R Kenihan, 5 Light Horse Field Ambulance, AIF

Unit 5th Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance
Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Palestine
Accession Number REL/03816
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Oxidised brass, Plastic, Wool twill
Maker Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory
Place made Australia
Date made c 1914
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Khaki wool twill tunic with stand and fall collar and oxidised brass Rising Sun (general service) badges at front collar edges secured with split brass pins. Khaki wool shoulder straps are secured to the tunic with a small brown plastic button and each has voided oxidised brass 'AUSTRALIA' shoulder title. Front of tunic has four patch pockets with pointed flaps and brown plastic buttons; the two breast pockets are box pleated and the pair below, attached to the waistband, are larger and expanding. Wide integral waistband is secured with a brass buckle. Tunic is fastened with five large brown plastic buttons. At the top of each sleeve is a machine stitched brown and red triangular colour patch for 5 Light Horse Field Ambulance. There is a circular yellow and red Geneva cross worm by members of the field ambulance hand-stitched under the colour patch on the left sleeve. Sleeves are gathered into straight cuffs secured with a brown plastic button. Above the cuff on the right sleeve are three embroidered cotton, blue on khaki, overseas service chevrons. The back of the tunic has a 50mm wide box pleat running down the centre from the base of the neck yoke. The tunic is unlined. At the inside lower right front is a patch pocket for a shell dressing. Stamped in black ink on the inside rear is 'MADE IN AUSTRALIA GCF SIZE 20 14233' and '444' on the dressing pocket.

History / Summary

16968 Private George Roe Kenihan, who was born at Baroota, South Australia, enlisted in the AIF in Adelaide, on 6 July 1916. He was assigned to the Army Medical Corps and was sent to Seymour in Victoria to undertake specialist medical training. On completion of the course he was assigned to the reinforcements for the Camel Corps Field Ambulance in Palestine. Kenihan left Melbourne for Egypt aboard HMAT A42 Boorara on 10 May 1917. On arrival in Egypt he was transferred to 4 Light Horse Regiment Field Ambulance. He helped to treat the wounded after the Australian charge at Beersheba on 31 October 1917. In September 1918 Kenihan was transferred to 5 Light Horse Field Ambulance, and it was while he was serving with this unit that he took part in the formal Australian entry into Damascus on 2 October 1918. He returned to Australia on 14 July 1919.