First aid kit : Private C J Donovan, 5/7 Battalion (Mechanised) The Royal Australian Regiment

Place Middle East: Iraq
Accession Number REL34656
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Cotton, Flannel, Foil paper, Latex rubber, Plastic
Maker Various
Place made Australia, China
Date made c 2000s
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Personal first aid kit containing a pair of latex gloves, two sachets of orange flavoured oral rehydration salts, a condom, sanitary pad, garbage bag, gauze swab and two bandages. The kit also contains two rolls of flannel usually used as part of a rifle cleaning kit.

History / Summary

Private Christopher John Donovan enlisted in the Australian Army in 2003 and after completing basic recruit training was posted as a trainee to the School of Infantry in Singleton, NSW where he learnt his trade as an infantry soldier. Upon graduation Donovan was allocated to 5/7 Battalion (Mechanised), The Royal Australian Regiment in Darwin.

In 2004 he marched into 9 Platoon, C Company, and early in 2005 was posted to 4 Platoon, B Company. Donovan was deployed to Iraq on 5 May 2005 as part of Combat Team Tiger, one of two Australian combat teams assigned to the Al Muthanna Task Group (AMTG). The AMTG formed part of Operation Catalyst, the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Iraq, and was tasked with providing a secure environment for the Japanese Iraq Reconstruction and Support Group (JIRSG) and assisting in the training of local Iraqi Army units to enable them to take over the internal and external defence of their country. Donovan served as the assault gunner for his section, 21B, carrying one of the section’s two light support weapons, the F89 Minimi.

This first aid kit was collected from Donovan, along with other uniform and personal items, after his participation in an operation conducted on 5 October 2005 in B sector of Combat Team Tiger’s area of operations in southern Iraq. Tasked with operating an observation post, Donovan’s section was inserted by a British Sea King helicopter approximately six kilometres from their observation post location. They conducted dismounted patrols through some of the smaller villages before setting up to observe their designated area. Once the task had been completed, Donovan and his section were extracted by a patrol of Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) and returned to the Australian base of operations, Camp Smitty. Donovan returned to Australia in November 2005.

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