|Object type||Personal Equipment|
|Physical description||Leather, Nickel-plated brass, Sterling silver|
|Date made||c 1915|
First World War, 1914-1918
Wallet : Sergeant P E Virgoe, 4 Light Horse Regiment, AIF
Rectangular crocodile skin wallet mounted on a nickel plated frame with a sprung clasp and hinge. Four sterling silver corner reinforcing panels and a central sterling silver shield are mounted to the front of the wallet, all hallmarked '925 / (triangle) / r / LK'. The initials 'PEV' have been lightly engraved into the shield. The interior is finished in a cotton-lined soft light brown leather with a number of small pockets and change holders. A small piece of paper has adhered to the inside of one of these pockets with the message in ink 'Loving wishes / from your Mother / Good luck dear / Melbourne 11/5/1917'. The owner has listed all the details associated with his First World War service in ink on the leather of the interior, as follows (left panel): '1. 1914-15 WAR MEDAL / 2. 1914 Egyptian Occupation / 3. 1918 Croix de Geurre (sic) (FRANCE) / 4. 1919 GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL ((Brit) / 5. ditto marks (Allied) / 6. FRENCH WAR SERVICE MEDAL / 7. BELGIUM WAR SERVICE MEDAL / Britain declared WAR on Germany / on 4.8.1914 / A Coy (illegible) 1914 / 4th Batt AFA 1917 / 531 3228 / Sgt Percy Virgoe / 2nd Anzac Mounted Reg / Australian Imperial Force / 11/5/17 xx Corps (illegible) Regiment' (right panel) 'AIF H QUARTERS / 1918 / Egypt 1914/15 Anzac 1915 / England 1915/16 / France 1917/18 Australia 1916 / (illegible) 1917 / Mauritius 1917 / Durban 1917 / Cape Town 1917 / Sierra Leone 1917 / England - (illegible) - Tidworth - London / Le Harve France / Rouen / Paris / Versailles / Rouelles / (illegible) / Armentiers 1917 / Champagne / The Somme / Ypres / (illegible) / 1919 / FRANCE / ENGLAND / STH AFRICA / AUSTRALIA / Armistice signed 11/11/18 / Peace signed'. Lightly engraved onto the inner right frame is '2371 MR / A 1706'.
Percy Ernest Virgoe's wallet. Notes are written on the inside of the wallet.