Wallet : Leading Signalman R Thompson, HMS Commonwealth, BCOF

Place Asia: Japan
Accession Number REL30877
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Brass, Leather
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1946-1952
Conflict British Commonwealth Occupation Force, 1946-1952 (Japan)

Black leather wallet made from hog grain leather.The front is gold stamped 'British Commonwealth Forces Japan' below a King's crown. Pockets inside are marked 'LETTERS' and 'ACCOUNTS'.

History / Summary

Associated with the service of D/JA 245595 Leading Signaller Robert ‘Bob’ Thompson, Royal Navy, who enlisted on 3 January 1941 and saw service with the North Russia and Trafalgar convoys; in the Normandy Campaign; and manned Landing Craft LC H187 during the British Commando/Royal Marine assault on Walcheren Island (a German-held fortified island, near the mouth of the Scheldt River which protected the approaches to Antwerp) on 1-8 November 1944. After the war ended, Thompson served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (BCOF) in Japan in 1946 with the shore establishment, HMS ‘Commonwealth’. He later emigrated to Australia.