Pattern 1908 entrenching tool head carrier : Private W G Hoffman, 32 Battalion, AIF

Places
Accession Number RELAWM07759.004
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Brass, Cotton webbing
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1916: Uniforms
Maker Mills Equipment Company
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

Pattern 1908 webbing entrenching tool head carrier. On the reverse are two tabs with buckles for attachment to the shoulder straps (RELAWM07759.001). On the front right is a fastening tab secured with a brass press stud. Stamped inside the carrier are the maker's details 'M.E.CO. 1915 [broad arrow]'.

History / Summary

Associated with the service of 3568 Private William George Hoffman, a labourer from Adelaide, SA. Hoffman enlisted with D Company, 32 Battalion on 1 May 1916 and embarked for England on 12 August. He proceeded to France on 30 December. Hoffman wore this webbing equipment during an attack on the Hindenburg Line near Bellicourt on 29 September to 1 October 1918. Hoffman returned to Australia in August 1919 and was discharged on 2 October.