Improvised cricket bat: 10 Light Horse Regiment, AIF

Place Africa: Egypt
Accession Number RELAWM01049
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Brass, Leather, Steel, Wood
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1916: Behind the Lines
Maker Unknown
Place made Egypt
Date made April 1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Cricket bat made from the blade of an old bat and an improvised handle. The back ridge of the blade has been planed down at the top and a wooden handle has been spliced mid way to slot over the top of the blade. The handle has then been nailed in several places and also secured near the top of the blade by a leather strap tied with a buckle and nailed to the body. The handle is strenghtened in two places by lengths of twisted wire. Written on the face of the bat in ink is the following message, 'WHERE THERE'S A WILL THER'S (sic) A BAT. THIS IMPLEMENT ILLUSTRATES THE INGENUITY OF BILL JIM. IT WAS THE ONLY BAT IN USE AT A CERTAIN OUTPOST DURING THE EGYPTIAN REBELLION AND THE 10TH LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT CAN CLAIM THE HONOUR. FORTUNATELY THE AUSTRALIAN COMFORT FUND CAME ON THE SCENE WITH A FRESH SUPPLY. 22/4/1919.'

History / Summary

This cricket bat was made by members of 10 Light Horse Regiment and used at an outpost during the Egyptian uprising in March and April 1919.