Other Ranks pattern khaki woollen peaked cap : Private G L Bowen, 5 Field Ambulance, AIF

Accession Number RELAWM12250.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Black leatherette or board, Brass, Brown leather, Khaki cotton drill, Khaki woollen fabric
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made pre 25 April 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Australian Army private's Other Ranks pattern khaki woollen peaked cap. The small general service cap badge is missing from the front of the cap but there is staining and holes where it was once fitted. A brown leather chin strap with small brass buckles runs across the top of the peak, and it has a small brown button at either end. The edge of the peak is trimmed with a thin band of brown leather, and the peak is stiffened on the underside with black leatherette or board. 'G L BROWN / No 2880' has been written inside the crown of the cap, which is lined with khaki cotton drill fabric. The cap does not have a headband on the inside.

History / Summary

Worn by 2880 Private George Lloyd Bowen, 5 Field Ambulance. Enlisted on 1 March 1915 and departed for overseas service aboard SS Ulysses on or about 25 June 1915. Arrived on Lemnos via Egypt. Departed Lemnos on 15 August 1915 and arrived at Gallipoli eight days later. He was evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital in Heliopolis in October and returned to Australia on 3 January 1916. He died of illness in May 1917.