|Object type||Personal Equipment|
|Physical description||Cork, Cotton webbing, Enamelled steel, Wool|
|Location||Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1916: Uniforms|
Mills Equipment Company
|Place made||United Kingdom|
First World War, 1914-1918
1908 Pattern water bottle and carrier : Private W G Hoffman, 32 Battalion, AIF
1908 Pattern water bottle and carrier. The blue enamelled water bottle has a khaki wool covering and a cork plug secured to the bottle by a length of twine. The cotton webbing carrier consists of a cradle, formed by vertical and lateral straps, in which the swatter bottle sits. The bottle is secured in the carrier by strap with a brass press stud fastening. The carrier is fitted with two brass buckles for attachment to the shoulder straps (RELAWM07759.001). The carrier is stamped with the maker's details 'M.E.CO.1916 [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.