Entrenching tool and carrier : Captain A W White, Australian Army

Place Asia: Vietnam
Accession Number REL35359
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Aluminium, Metal, Wood
Maker Tulloch, Arthur
Place made Australia
Date made c 1960
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Entrenching tool and carrier which is marked '214183 A. W. WHITE' in black ink. On the base at the front of the carrier is a button down canvas strap. On the shovel blade is stamped with the Department of Defence logo, the maker's name and the year of make - 'D [broad arrow] D TULLOCH 1960'.

History / Summary

Anthony Walter White was born 16 April 1938 in Randwick NSW. He enlisted in the Army in 1961, with the service number 214183 and was sent to Officer Cadet School (OCS) Portsea where he graduated with the rank of lieutenant. His first tour in Vietnam began on 11 November 1965 with 1 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR). During this time he served in 1 RAR's extensive operations in the Ho Bo Woods area. He transferred to Headquarters, 1 Australian Task Force on 5 June 1966 when 1 RAR rotated home to Australia. White went on to complete his tour with Headquarters, Australian Force Vietnam (Army Component) from 2 August until 16 November 1966. He served a second tour in Vietnam as a captain with 1 Civil Affairs Unit from 18 March 1970 until 28 October 1971.