Damaged water bottle : Walker's Ridge, Gallipoli

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Anzac Area (Gallipoli), Walker's Ridge
Accession Number RELAWM07773
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Enamelled metal, Leather
Maker Unknown
Date made Unknown
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Damaged Light Horse blue enamel water bottle in leather carrier, which is missing the shoulder strap. The remains of the original khaki woollen cover can be seen beneath the top horizontal length of leather. The water bottle is misshappen and has shrapnel and bullet holes in the side and front. The enamel has chipped off around the holes and gashes and on several other areas of the bottle. The metal has rusted on the seams and around the damaged areas.

History / Summary

This water bottle was found by 1035 Private Harry Montague Norris, a member of the Australian War Records Section (AWRS) and men from the 7th Light Horse Regiment at Walker's Ridge on 14 January 1919. The leather webbing indicates it was used by a member of an Australian Light Horse Regiment during the Gallipoli campaign.

A small party of AWRS staff, led by Lieutenant William Hopkin James, worked on Gallipoli between December 1918 and March 1919, taking photographs and collecting items for the national collection. The 7th Light Horse, with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, were stationed at Gallipoli from 2 December 1918 to 19 January 1919 as par tof the occupying force at the Dardanelles.