Souvenir khaki handkerchief : Trooper F R Thorne

Accession Number REL33749
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Cotton
Maker Thorne, Frederick Robert
Date made c 1939-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Khaki handkerchief with a drawn threadwork hem featuring a drawing in indelible pencil of an Australian soldier in the jungle. Above the image is written 'A.I.F. Australia', and below is 'Malaya New.Guinea'. Also drawn on the handkerchief is a Rising Sun badge and the makers name 'NX51037 Tpr. F.R.Thorne'.

History / Summary

This handkerchief was decorated by NX51037 Trooper Frederick Robert Thorne and it is thought that he gave it to Australian Army nurse NFX112308 Lieutenant Edna May Warnecke. Thorne was born on 6 March 1920 in West Geelong and enlisted in the Army on 6 November 1941. He was discharged from 2/11 Australian Armoured Car Regiment on 14 March 1946. Warnecke was born on 1 September 1916 in Werris Creek, NSW. She enlisted in the Army in Tamworth on 2 September 1942 and was discharged from 2/9 Australian General Hospital on 30 September 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant.