Gordon Sharp Memorial Prize: Officer Cadet Peter Robert Thomas, Class 2/66 Officer Training Unit Scheyville

Accession Number AWM2017.232.1
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Award
Physical description Silver-plated metal, Wood
Maker Aristocrat
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made c 1966
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Silver plated rectangular cigarette box with a hinged lid. The lid has a fine cross-hatched engine-turned engraved design; inset is a monogrammed rectangle with the engraving 'PRT 29 Sept 66', and a metal Officer Training Unit Association badge affixed. The interior base has a cedar wood lining and the lid is painted a gold tone. The box has shallow rounded feet with the makers brand 'Aristocrat H.E.P.N.S.B Made in England' stamped underneath. Beneath a decorative catch on the front the words 'Gordon Sharp Memorial Prize' are engraved.

History / Summary

Officer Cadet Peter Robert Thomas was the first recipient of the Gordon Sharp Memorial Prize. This was a prize awarded to the Cadet who showed the greatest improvement in field training. The prize was presented to Officer Cadet Thomas by Gordon's father Mr E C Sharp of Tamworth at the 2/66 Graduation Parade at Officer Training Unit Scheyville on 29 September 1966. Peter Robert Thomas graduated into the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps and served at 2nd Base Ordnance Depot.

The prize was created in honour of 2781465 Second Lieutenant Gordon Cameron Sharp, a National Service man Platoon Commander, who was killed in action during the Battle of Long Tan, 18 August 1966. Second Lieutenant Sharp was the first Scheyville graduate to lose his life in battle.