Pair of brown leather leggings : 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/03820
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Brass, Leather
Maker T B Luke
Place made Australia: Queensland, Brisbane
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Pair of brown moulded leather spiral fastening leggings stamped within an oval 'T.B. LUKE MAKER BRISBANE' and '1918', together with a checker's stamp 'JT' and a broad arrow. The leggings fasten with two brass buckles at the top on the outside. A short leather strap fastens to the upper buckle. A long leather strap extends from the bottom of the legging and winds up the leg in a spiral through two keepers rivetted to the back of the legging, and then fastenes to the lower buckle. There is a small brass hook on the upper, inner, edge of the legging beside the manufacturer's stamp, that keeps the outer edge of the legging in place.

History / Summary

Pair of brown leather leggings worn by 16968 Private George Roe Kenihan, who was born at Baroota, South Australia. He enlisted in the AIF in Adelaide, on 6 July 1916, 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.