Rifle cleaning kit : Lieutenant M T Turrell, 2 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

Place Asia: Malaya
Accession Number REL38094
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm accessory
Physical description Cotton, Flannel, Metal, Paint
Maker Unknown
Date made Unknown
Conflict Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960

Rifle cleaning kit contained in a rectangular green metal tin. The tin has a hinged lid, onto which has been applied a 95 x 34 mm band of red paint. The body of the tin has three compartments, in which is stowed a pull through, a rolled length of flannel, and three used pieces of flannel. Soldered to the inside of the lid is a small metal frame that secures a metal mesh and includes a bull-nosed holder.

History / Summary

Used by Lieutenant M T Turrell, 2 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (RAR). Born in Sydney on 19 January 1938, Maxwell Thomas Turrell was educated at Crows Nest Intermediate Boys High School and North Sydney Boys Technical High School. At both schools he served in the School Cadets, attaining the rank of cadet lieutenant. Turrell enlisted in the Australian Army in 1956, graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

In 1961, in the wake of the Malayan Emergency, Lieutenant Turrell served in Malaya with 2 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (RAR). Operating as part the 28th Commonwealth Brigade, Turrell commanded 11 Platoon, D Company, 2 RAR in conducting patrols the 'Black Zone' on the Malay -Thailand border, aimed at suppressing continued Communist Terrorists (CT) activity in the region in 1962 and 1963. In May 1966 Captain Turrell was deployed to South Vietnam as adjutant of 6 RAR. Following his service in the Vietnam War, Turrell was promoted to Major and appointed Officer Commanding 2nd Army Recruiting Unit. Major Turrell served in the Army until his discharge in 1981.