Seaman's round cap with 'HMAS' tally band : Wireless Telegraphist 1st Class, R J Reynolds, RAN

Accession Number REL25164.003
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Cotton duck
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

White cotton duck seaman's round cap with gold embroidered 'H.M.A.S.' black tally band. Written in black ink inside the top of the cap 'TEL / Ron / Reynolds / PA2957 / 1942-46', and 'A.ARCHER' which has been crossed out. Written in black ink inside the right side of the cap 'TEL. RAN R REYNOLDS' which has been worn away to the point of being indecipherable.

History / Summary

Associated with PA2957 Wireless Telegraphist 1st Class, Ronald James Reynolds, RAN. He enlisted 1942 and was posted to HMAS Melville early in 1943. Reynolds subsequently served in HMAS Tolga (1943-1944) and HMAS Adelaide (1944). In 1944 Reynolds was seconded to the Coastwatchers (later Allied Intelligence Bureau) as crew aboard HDML1321. The motor launch was allocated to Special Operations and conducted insertion, extraction and supply operations for Commando and SRD (Services Reconnaissance Department) intelligence raiding parties. ML1321 also participated in Operation Copper, the ill-fated Z Special raid to Muschu Island off the coast of New Guinea on 11 April 1945.