Embroidered pot holder : Private C E Adamson, 5 Battalion, AIF

Unit 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Europe: United Kingdom, England, Greater London, London
Accession Number REL29379
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Canvas; Wool
Maker Adamson, Charles Edward
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made c 1916-1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Square embroidered cross stitch pot holder with a green polished cotton backing. The pot holder is patterned with a central diamond surrounded by triangle shapes that are outlined in black and coloured in either pink, purple, light blue, yellow and dark and light brown. There is a black cotton loop in the top right hand corner designed to hang the pot holder which is an extension of the black cotton border.

History / Summary

Made by 3678 Private Charles Edward Adamson who served in 5 Battalion, AIF, during the First World War. Adamson was born in Victoria on 21 May, 1890 and he enlisted with the AIF on 20 July, 1915. He sailed for Egypt on the troopship 'Ceramic' shortly after enlisting. Adamson served in Egypt then in France, participating in the battle of the Somme. His diaries (held in the Private Records collection) detail his fighting experiences in both Egypt and France but the writing ends abruptly due to a war injury. Adamson was buried alive in the trenches and spent many months in a London hospital recuperating. It is assumed that the pieces of embroidery were produced by Adamson during this period of recuperation. He embarked for return to Australia on 20 March 1919.