Perspex heart souvenir pendant: Leading Aircraftman R Rooke, 7 Squadron RAAF

Accession Number REL/02982.003
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Bronze, Perspex
Maker Rooke, Raymond
Date made c 1943 - 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Heart shaped piece of Perspex with a kangaroo and the word 'AUSTRALIA' embedded in it. These have been cut from an Australian half penny. On either side of the word 'AUSTRALIA' is a red and a blue diamante. A white diamante beneath the kangaroo is discoloured. There is a hole in the top of the heart, which would have held a hook to hang it on a chain.

History / Summary

Souvenir made by 71331 Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Raymond Rooke for his sister Maria. Rooke was born at Ashfield, New South Wales on 18 February 1914, the son of James Edward Rooke and Edith May Philpott. Rooke worked for two years as a munitions worker, manufacturing shell fuzes at Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia), before he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 14 October 1942. He had married Essie Mercer Simmons on 29 June 1940 and they had a daughter, Mary Ann. He was an Aircraftman 1 upon enlistment and was later promoted to LAC on 13 April 1943. LAC Rooke served with 7 Squadron RAAF from March 1943 to January 1945. Equipped with Beaufort aircraft the squadron operated out of Ross River, near Townsville, in 1943, undertaking escort patrols over northern Australian waters. In April 1944 the squadron moved to Horn Island, and then in November 1944 to Tadji, in New Guinea, where it remained until the end of the war. Rooke was discharged from 8 Operational Training Unit on 18 December 1945.