Kitbag : Captain A W White, Australian Army

Accession Number REL35366
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Brass, Canvas, Cotton
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1960s
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Cylindrical olive green canvas kitbag with rope attached. The bag has a drawstring opening with eight brass eyelets and an internal flap used to secure the contents when the bag is drawn shut. Written on the outside of the bag in permanent black marker is '214183 A W WHITE'. The attached rope acts as a carry handle when the bag is closed.

History / Summary

Anthony Walter White was born 16 April 1938 in Randwick NSW. He enlisted in the Army in 1961, with the service number 214183 and was sent to Officer Cadet School (OCS) Portsea where he graduated with the rank of lieutenant. His first tour in Vietnam began on 11 November 1965 with 1 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR). During this time he served in 1 RAR's extensive operations in the Ho Bo Woods area. He transferred to Headquarters, 1 Australian Task Force on 5 June 1966 when 1 RAR rotated home to Australia. White went on to complete his tour with Headquarters, Australian Force Vietnam (Army Component) from 2 August until 16 November 1966. He served a second tour in Vietnam as a captain with 1 Civil Affairs Unit from 18 March 1970 until 28 October 1971.