Metal oil bottle : Lieutenant M T Turrell, 2 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

Place Asia: Malaya
Accession Number REL38106
Collection type Technology
Object type Technology
Physical description Metal, Paint
Maker Unknown
Date made Unknown
Conflict Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960

Metal oil bottle with screw caps at each end. The body has been painted red and the word, 'OIL' written into the paint while wet. In black lettering on the screw caps is, 'REFILL END' and 'SPRINKLER END' respectively. The former cap reveals the main body of the container while the latter reveals a single 2 mm hole for the application of oil.

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History / Summary

Metal oil bottle utilised to hold insecticide. 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.