US water bottle and carrier : Captain A W White, Australian Army

Accession Number REL35361
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Cotton, Felt, Metal, Plastic
Maker Unknown
Place made United States of America
Date made c 1960s
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

One American issue water bottle and carrier. The water bottle is made of green plastic. On the front of the bottle is written with raised lettering 'FOR WATER ONLY DO NOT APPLY CANTEEN TO OPEN FLAME OR BURNER PLATES'. The water bottle cover is green cotton webbing with two metal press studs at the front for closing. On the inside of the upper part of the press stud is the manufacturers name 'CARR AUSTRALIA'. On the rear of the cover is a canvas strip sewn to accommodate two metal clips for attachment to a webbing belt. Above that is a metal hook attached by a cotton canvas loop for attachment to a web belt. The inside of the cover is felt lined.

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.