1908 Pattern Entrenching Tool head : Fromelles Battlefield
|Title||1908 Pattern Entrenching Tool head : Fromelles Battlefield|
|Date made||c 1914-1918|
|Physical description||Cast iron|
Cast iron 1908 pattern entrenching tool head with a battle damaged spade head. Stamped on the spade is a [broad arrow symbol] and what appears to be '18' below it. Opposite is stamped possibly 'V O' and obscured are what appears as four letters '- - JJ'. The pick at the other end of the toll is intact and is separated from the spade by three by four centimetre eye which would carry the helve (handle).
This entrenching tool head was found near Fromelles in the area of the Sugar Loaf, which was attacked by the Australian 15th Infantry Brigade on the 19 July 1916. It was collected on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, and given to the Australian War Records Section by C E W Bean.