Handkerchief used by stretcher bearers at Pozieres as a white flag : Lieutenant K S Cunningham, 5 Field Ambulance, AIF

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Albert Bapaume Area, Pozieres Area, Pozieres
Accession Number REL/00756
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Cotton
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1916: Pozieres Losses
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1915-1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Cream cotton (possibly originally white) man's handkerchief with a raised striped effect weave, in the same colour, around the edges. Marked in black indian ink in the upper left corner 'K.S. CUNNINGHAM' (name partially obscured by an ink blot) and with the original accession number assigned by the War Memorial 'AWM15437'. The handkerchief is torn in the upper centre and on the lower left corner. It has extensive stains.

History / Summary

Handkerchief used by 5 Field Ambulance stretcher bearers at Pozieres, in 1916, as a white flag. Associated with Lieutenant Kenneth Stewart Cunningham, who served with this unit before he was commissioned. He enlisted on 6 August 1915 and returned to Australia on 20 May 1919.