|Object type||Personal Equipment|
|Physical description||Brass, Cotton webbing|
|Location||Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1916: Uniforms|
Mills Equipment Company
|Place made||United Kingdom|
First World War, 1914-1918
Pattern 1908 entrenching tool head carrier : Private W G Hoffman, 32 Battalion, AIF
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]'.
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.