Woven cellophane belt : Warrant Officer II J R Keen, 110 Brigade Workshop, AIF

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL34803
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Cellophane, Perspex
Maker Unknown
Place made New Guinea1
Date made c 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Belt made from folded pieces of cellophane cigarette wrapperswoven together. The belt has a Perspex buckle and a toggle made from plaited cellophane cigarette wrappers. The belt is of a golden pearl colour.

History / Summary

This item is associated with the service of Jack Robert Keen. Keen was born in Sydney NSW in 1904. Prior to his enlistment for military service, Keen worked as a motor mechanic. Keen had married Faith Hughes in 1930 and they had three children, Neil, Pamela and Robert (aged 11, 9, and 2, respectively in 1943). He joined the militia in June 1941 and attained the rank of sergeant in November 1942. Soon after enlisting with the Second AIF in April 1943, Keen attained the rank of warrant officer class 2. He served with the 110 Brigade Workshop in New Guinea in 1944-45, and was later discharged in October 1945. During his service, Keen handmade or purchased mementos, including pieces of jewellery, for his family.