Two Pattern 1944 water bottles and carriers attached to a Pattern 37 web strap : Captain A W White, Australian Army

Place Asia: Vietnam
Accession Number REL35360
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Aluminium, Brass, Canvas, Cotton, Metal
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1960s
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Two Pattern 1944 water bottles - one with cup, and carriers attached to a Pattern 37 web strap. The water bottles are both unpainted aluminium. One bottle has an aluminium screw top lid attached by cotton cord to the neck of the bottle. An unpainted aluminium cup that fits the base of the bottle is fitted to the bottom. The cup has a two part fold out aluminium handle. This handle is pop riveted to the cup. The other bottle has a rubber lid which is attached to the neck of bottle with nylon cord. Both the bottles are in olive green pouches. Two metal press studs are on the front of each pouch, each with 'LIFT THE DOT' stamped into them. On the back of each cover is a belt loop attachment sewn to the cover with metal hooks for attachment to web belts. Threaded through the belt loops and attached to itself is an olive green Pattern 37 web strap. At one end of the strap is a brass buckle and at the other end of the strap is a stamped brass end with two eyelets.

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.