Embroidered sugar bag: Private William Alfred Shardlow, 8 Field Ambulance

Place Oceania: New Guinea
Accession Number AWM2019.842.2
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Maker Shardlow, William Alfred
Place made New Guinea
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Embroidered hessian sugar bag with fawn fringed edging. Horizontally, the front of the bag has an embroidery depicting a garden and the text 'New Guinea 1943-44'.

The design is three central rectangular gardens growing fruit and vegetables; surrounding these are four flower beds in the shape of card suits - a club, diamond, heart and spade. Additionally there is a coconut palm and eight small circular garden beds with small plants.

The right side if the bag has a long tear or cut-mark. There is a rusted safety pin attached to the top of the tear.

History / Summary

Believed to have been made by N185493 Private William Alfred Shardlow while on active service in New Guinea.
William Shardlow enlisted for war service in Leichardt, Sydney on 3 June 1941.

A shoemaker by trade, Shardlow was allotted to the 35th Infantry Battalion and spent his first two years military service in training; mainly in Western Australia where the 8th Brigade was employed on garrison duties along the coast.

In April 1943 Shardlow transferred to the 8 Australian Field Ambulance. He embarked for active service in New Guinea on 17 November 1943. Except for a period on Bougainville, Shardlow remained in New Guinea for the duration of the war.

William Shardlow died in 2008 aged 99.