Tobacco tin : Driver E C Craske, 2/4 Australian Casualty Clearing Station

Unit 2/4 Casualty Clearing Station
Accession Number REL35638
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Paint, Solder, Tin
Maker Unknown
Place made Malaya
Date made c 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Rectangular tobacco tin made from soldered tin with a silvered finish, featuring a pair of lids which share a hinge located about a quarter of the way down the tin. The smaller lid is fitted with a tongued plate which appears to be designed to hold cigarette papers; the larger lidded area is designed for holding tobacco. Both lids are impressed with 9 mm high characters filled with red paint. The smaller lid is impressed '18.7.41' and the main lid 'DVR C. CRASKE / 2/4 C.C.S. / MALAYA'.

History / Summary

Made in Malaya, before the fall of Singapore for TX4275 Driver Cecil Ernest Craske, 2/4 Australian Casualty Clearing Station. Born on 6 March 1915 at Launceston, Tasmania, Craske enlisted on 20 January 1941 at Hobart. He joined his unit in Malaya and became a prisoner of war of the Japanese after the invasion of Singapore in February 1942. He was held in camps in Singapore and Thailand until his release at the end of the war. Craske was discharged on 19 December 1945.