|Physical description||Cotton sateen|
First World War, 1914-1918
Souvenir embroidered cushion cover from Egypt 1915 : Private James Martin, 21 Battalion AIF
Souvenir embroidered cushion cover from Egypt, 1915. The cover is white polished cotton with a pale blue / silver fringe. The colourful decorative embroidery is machine-chain stitched. In each corner is a crescent and star decoration. In the middle are pyramids, a sphinx, a palm tree, the Union Jack and the French tricolour, and flowers. Around these features is the dedication 'Souvenir From Egypt Cairo 1915 To Mother From Jim', and at the bottom is 'Good Luck'.
Associated with 1553 Private James Martin, 21 Battalion AIF. He enlisted at Hawthorn, Victoria, on 12 April 1915, aged fourteen. Served at Gallipoli, was evacuated, but died of typhoid at sea on 25 October 1915, aged 14 years and 9 months. He is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial.