Pair of identity discs : Gunner I D Burrett, 4th Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery

Place Asia: Vietnam, Phuoc Tuy Province, Nui Dat
Accession Number REL49434.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Aluminium, Twine
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1967
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Pair of metal identity discs, one round, one hexagonal, each bearing the legend: '2782162 / PRES./ I.D. BURRETT', with the blood group on the other side. The discs are looped through a length of stout twine.

History / Summary

Worn by Ian David Burrett (born 18 March 1946). In 1966 Burrett volunteered for National Service and served as a gunner clerk with HQ Battery, 4th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery in Vietnam from 1 May 1967 until 9 January 1968 at Nui Dat. His identity discs were later stored by his mother in the envelope REL49434.002.

Burrett was the son of Athol Frederick Burrett, who served with the 3rd Infantry Battalion, AIF. At the time of the Lone Pine assault, the then Second Lieutenant Burrett blew whistle REL/07580 to sound the start of the attack for his platoon.