Egyptian souvenir silk handkerchief : Private R R Shapland, 21 Battalion AIF

Accession Number REL25231.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Silk
Maker Unknown
Place made Egypt
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Souvenir silk handkerchief from Egypt. Square handkerchief has reinforced edges. In the middle of the handkerchief is a red, brown, and grey coloured printed bird over a representation of the Sphinx. Under this print is the word 'SPHYNX'. Located under this illustration in one corner of the handkerchief are red printed words 'EGYPT. SOUVENIR' and a picture of the Sphinx and pyramids surounded by twelve Allied flags. This is enclosed within a grey wreath and bar, which says 'THE ALLIES'.

History / Summary

Associated with 968 Private Reginald Reed Shapland, enlisted on 3 March 1915 and served in 21 Battalion and 6 Light Trench Mortar Battery. While serving in 6 LTMB he was second in charge of a mortar. During an attack at Bullecourt, France on 4 May 1917 he was killed in action when he was shot in the chest.