Sweetheart locket : Bloy family

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL/13700
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Rose gold; Metal; Photographic paper
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Rectangular rose gold locket with miniature enamelled 'Rising Sun' badge attached to the front. The locket opens on all four sides and is held together by the suspension ring at the top. The inside of each half contains a black and white photograph of a soldier in Australian uniform and slouch hat.

History / Summary

This locket relates to the Bloy family of Victoria. The photographs are of two brothers, George Frederick and his younger brother, Ernest Arthur Bloy. George was born in Ararat, Vic in November 1900 and enlisted for a seven year period with the Royal Australian Navy on 25 July 1916. He enlisted again on 14 April 1932 for a further five years. Between service with the RAN he joined the 15 Field Artillery Brigade for 2 years and served as a Lance Sergeant until his discharge on 13 April 1931. During the Second World War he served as a lieutenant with 6 Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps, having enlisted with the number V379117 on 15 March 1942. He was discharged on 24 August 1944.

Ernest Arthur Bloy was born on 1 April 1919, also in Ararat. He enlisted with the number VX15258 on 16 May 1940 and served as a Lance Corporal with 2/14 Battalion. He died of injuries in Australia on 18 April 1942.