Unofficial prototype AAMC badge: Australian Army Medical Corps - Major Harold Octavius Lethbridge,

Accession Number REL/00089
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Metal with 'antique bronze' finish
Maker Sussman
Place made Egypt
Date made 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Unofficial Australian Army Medical Corps badge. The design incorporates the rod and serpent common to medical units, wattle was used in lieu of a laurel wreath and a star was added to represent the Commonwealth.

History / Summary

In early 1916 Sir Neville Reginald Howse VC asked Major Harold Lethbridge to design an unofficial badge for the AAMC, at that time in the Middle East. Several drawings of the design were prepared by Sister Ann Georgina 'Jessie' Farquhar of the 2nd Australian General Hospital at Ghezireh, before this prototype badge was made by Herr Sussman in "The Mooski", Cairo. Though this final design was approved by Howse, many of the medical units moved to France and the badge was cancelled.