M1956 Large field pack : Private D J Hannaford, 3 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment

Place Asia: Vietnam, South Vietnam
Accession Number REL35835
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Canvas, Cotton, Metal
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1970
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Faded green waterproofed canvas pack with four compartments. The top compartment can be internally drawn shut with two flaps on either side. This is then covered with a flap which has two cotton straps to buckle it down, another strap to attach equipment, a carrying handle and a plastic card holder. On each side of the top compartment are two external pockets each covered by a flap secured with a strap and buckle. The lower compartment is the largest and opens from the bottom. It is secured with three straps and buckles. The pack has padded shoulder straps and a pad for lumbar support. The inside of the pack is lined in a layer of camouflage pattern plastic. The top of the pack has a pocket with a clear plastic cover to carry identification information. The front of the pack is marked '3149' in black ink and on the left of the lower compartment is the faded stamp of a downward pointing hand.

History / Summary

Canvas pack associated with the service of Private Donald John Hannaford. 2795142 Private Hannaford was born on 15 July 1949 at Windsor NSW. He enlisted on 22 April 1970 at Sydney NSW as part of National Service call up. Hannaford had previously worked for 3 years as a bank clerk. He embarked from Adelaide on 15 February 1971, arriving at Vung Tau on 25 February on board HMAS Sydney. He served for several months in Vietnam before returning to Australia, embarked in Vietnam on 16 October 1971. Hannaford was discharged on 9 December 1971 after completing his period of service.