|Physical description||Brass, Paper, Twine|
|Location||Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1918: Giles/1918 Uniforms|
First World War, 1914-1918
Shrapnel damaged rifle oil bottle: Private H Browning, 41 Battalion, AIF
Shrapnel damaged brass rifle oil bottle. The two separate pieces are attached with twine.
Carried by 137 Private Henry (Harry) Browning of the 41st Battalion when he was killed. Browning was born in London in 1893. He was working as a labourer in Brisbane when he enlisted on 22 December 1915, with his younger brother Allen. Both brothers were posted to A Company of the 41st Battalion. After training in Australia and England, Browning arrived in France with the 41st Battalion in November 1916. After undertaking a signalling course in May 1918, Browning became a signaller, attached to A Company Headquarters. He was wounded in the leg during the battle of Broodseinde on 4 October, 1917, but the wound was not severe and he was back with the unit the following day. On 24 April 1918 Browning was distributing food with his brother near Vaux-Sur-Somme, when he was hit by shrapnel from a shell. He was killed almost instantly.