Anklets : Warrant Officer II J R Keen, 110 Brigade Workshop, AIF

Place Oceania: New Guinea1
Accession Number REL34805
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Canvas, Cotton, Metal
Maker Unknown
Date made Unknown
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

A pair of khaki cotton canvas anklets worn with shoes or boots by Australian Infantry. The anklets are fastened by two straps with metallic buckles on the outside of each anklet. On the inside of each anklet the wearer's name and service number has been written in black marker.

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.