Trophy : Anzac Day Championship cup, No 1 Command Depot, AIF

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England, Wiltshire, Sutton Veny
Accession Number RELAWM01441
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Silver
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom: England, West Midlands, Birmingham
Date made 1913
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Silver trophy cup with curved handles attached to either side. The body of the trophy has been soldered to the pedestal base. Stamped inside the base is 'KA1853'. The cup has a fitted lid which rises to a point in the centre with a decorative finial. Engraved on the front of the trophy is 'AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE ANZAC DAY. 1918. CHAMPIONSHIP CUP. PRESENTED TO NO.1 COMMAND DEPOT. SUTTON VENY. WILTS. ENGLAND. LIEUT. R. DOOLEY. M.B.E ADJT. LT.COL.W.O. MANSBRIDGE. D.S.O. COMMANDANT.'. There are maker's details and hallmarks on the back.

History / Summary

This trophy cup was won by the team from No. 1 Command Depot during a sporting competition held on Anzac Day 1918 at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, United Kingdom. It was collected by the Adjutant, Lieutenant Raymond Dooley and the Commandant, Lieutenant Colonel William Owen Mansbridge. Lieutenant Dooley enlisted in the AIF on 12 July 1915 and sailed from Melbourne on HMAT Ascanius as a corporal with 29 Battalion on 10 November 1915. During his service he was made a Member of the British Empire. Lieutenant Colonel Mansbridge sailed from Melbourne on 22 December 1914 as a major on HMAT Ceramic with 16 Battalion. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Order for exceptional gallantry during the landing on Gallipoli near Gaba Tepe and on 2 and 3 May 1915 during an assult on a difficult position.