Souvenir embroidered cushion cover from Egypt 1915 : Private James Martin, 21 Battalion AIF

Accession Number REL/13040
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Cotton sateen
Maker Unknown
Place made Egypt
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

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'.

History / Summary

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.