Four pieces of rubberized German observation balloon fabric : 3347 Sergeant D E Coyne, 31 Battalion, AIF

Accession Number REL/18690
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made c1914-1918
Description

FOUR SMALL PIECES OF RUBBERIZED GERMAN OBSERVATION BALLOON FABRIC. EACH IS MARKED IN INDELIBLE PENCIL "SOUVENIR LA GUERRE PIECE OF GERMAN OBSERVATION BALLOON BROUGHT DOWN IN OUR LINES MARCH 12TH 1918 CHEERIO EMMETT". ONE OF THE PIECES HAS, ADDITIONALLY, "NOTE BULLET HOLE CAUSED FROM MACHINE GUN FIRE OF OUR AEROPLANES".

History / Summary

COLLECTED BY SGT DAVID EMMETT COYNE OF 31 BATTALION AIF. HE WAS KILLED BY A GRENADE ON 15 MAY 1918 AND WAS AWARDED A POSTHUMOUS GOLD ALBERT MEDAL FOR HIS ACTION IN SAVING LIFE AT THE COST OF HIS OWN.