Examples of Australian uniforms worn in Korea. 41372 Private (Pte) Elliot Keith Stevens (right) ...

Accession Number MELJ0768
Collection type Photograph
Object type Negative
Maker Meldrum, Donald Albert (Tim)
Place made Korea: 38th Parallel
Date made c 31 March 1955
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Examples of Australian uniforms worn in Korea. 41372 Private (Pte) Elliot Keith Stevens (right) of Port Pirie, SA, is wearing a summer uniform and slouch hat. On the left, 22865 Sergeant (Sgt) Eric Campbell 'Butch' Lawther of Hurlstone Park, NSW, wears what all the men of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) were wearing until the bitterly cold Korean winter ended a short time ago. His specially designed clothing includes a string vest, thick fleece underclothing, a heavy jersey, and windproof combat jacket and trousers under a fur lined parka. On his back is a down sleeping bag. it costs the army more than 100 pounds to fit the Sgt Lawther out like this. Lance Corporal (L Cpl) Mike Hammer (centre), of Darling Point, Sydney, NSW, is also wearing the latest combat dress, but without the parka. The olive green combat smock and trousers are windproof and waterproof, while the visored combat cap has been found to be the most suitable headgear in cold and wet conditions. Pte Stevens has been in Korea for nine months. He spent more than three years in the South Australian police force before joining the army three years ago. He served with the RAAF in the Second World War. Sgt Lawther joined the Korean special force in 1950, and signed on again when his three years were up. he was with a pioneer battalion in Borneo during the Second World War. L Cpl Hammer was a Sydney commercial traveller before he joined the army just over two years ago. He has been in Korea for nine months.

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