|Physical description||Leather; Metal; Gilded brass; Gold; Gold bullion thread; Wool|
|Date made||c 1939-1945|
Second World War, 1939-1945
British Commonwealth Occupation Force, 1946-1952 (Japan)
Imperial Japanese Navy lieutenant's epaulette : Lance Corporal H V Dunkley, Headquarters BCOF
Imperial Japanese Navy Lieutenant's black wool epaulette with gold bullion thread along the centre and narrow strips of navy blue fabric on either side. There is a gold button on the neck end of the epaulette showing an anchor surmounted by a cherry blossom. The body of the epaulette bears two gilded cherry blossoms; the one closest to the shoulder surmounts a gilded brass anchor. The epaulette has a black leather backing. There is a narrow strip of brown leather over the black piece holding a strip of metal for attachment to the uniform.
Collected by 245216 Lance Corporal Harold Vaughan Dunkley while in Japan with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF). Dunkley was born in Ashfield, NSW on 18 January 1912. He enlisted in the AIF on 5 January 1942 with the service number NX82216. After the end of the Second World War Dunkely became a member of Headquarters BCOF and remained in Japan until 8 September 1948.