Souvenir embroidery : Corporal A T F Varney, 12 Light Horse Regiment
|Title||Souvenir embroidery : Corporal A T F Varney, 12 Light Horse Regiment|
Embroidered cotton sateen 'Souvenir of Egypt' with a border of white cotton lace. The sateen is divided diagonally black over blue, to represent the colour patch of 12 Light Horse Regiment. Superimposed on the cotton in brown, yellow, red and green machine chain stitch embroidery is an image of the unofficial badge of the regiment, showing an aborigine with spear and shield, with '12th Light Horse' above his head, and the motto 'DEO REGI PATRIAE' [God, King and Country] on a scroll beneath his feet. 'Egypt 1918' is embroidered in yellow above the badge, and 'Greetings To Father' and 'From Albany', also on yellow, in the lower left and right corners respectively.
Born at Coonabarabran, New South Wales, in 1891, Albany Thomas Frederick Varney was working as a contractor when he enlisted in the AIF on 29 March 1915. After initial training he was assigned as a private, service number 887, to the second reinforcements of 12th Light Horse Regiment.