Identity Disc : Lance Corporal G F Daniel, 1 Division Signal Corps, AIF

Place Africa: South Africa
Accession Number REL/13721
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Aluminium
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1914
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Scratched and worn, round aluminium identity disc with the obverse impressed with the words '32 DANIEL G F 1 DSC 1 AD P', (1 Division Signal Company, 1 Australian Division, Protestant). Etched on the reverse appears to be the letter 'G' centrally placed within the compasses and set square, symbols of the Freemasons.

History / Summary

Born in Ballarat, western Victoria on 16 December 1870, Giles Felix Daniel moved to Oakleigh, Victoria aged 15. A member of the Victorian permanent forces, he served as a corporal (regimental number 8) with the First Victorian Mounted Infantry Company, part of the first Victorian Contingent to the war in South Africa in 1899. This unit was one of the first Australian formations to see action during the Boer War. It was largely drawn from serving members of the Victorian forces who initially formed part of the First Australian Regiment, and later the Second Victorian Mounted Rifles. Demoted to private following a Court Martial on 19 November 1900, Daniel returned to Australia in December of the same year.

During the First World War, he was again one of the first to enlist, joining the AIF on 19 August 1914. He was given the service number 32, and was allocated as a lance corporal with the First Divisional Signals Company. He served with this unit during the Gallipoli campaign and until his return to Australia on 11 April 1916. Aged 76 when he died on 10 April 1946, Giles Daniel is buried at Springvale Cemetery, Victoria.