Turkish entrenching tool : Private P Trapp, 12th Camel Company, AIF

Place Africa: Egypt, Frontier, Sinai, Rafa
Accession Number RELAWM00461
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Steel, Wood
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Sinai Palestine 1917: Desert Patrol
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

The spade-like tool has a fixed wooden handle ending in a ball finial, and a 'V' head steel blade. The lower half of the handle is encased in a metal sleeve secured by a steel collar. The blade is secured to the sleeve extension by 5 rivets. There is a bullet hole in the steel sleeve.

History / Summary

During the attack by the Desert Column on Rafa, a Turkish outpost guarding the Palestine frontier, on 9 January 1917 this entrenching tool was waved above the enemy parapet. Though 400 yards away, Private Peter Trapp of the 12th Camel Company took a snap shot and put a bullet through it. When the outpost was captured later in the day, Trapp searched for and found the tool bearing the evidence of his marksmanship. Trapp, a carpenter from Toowoomba, survived the war.