Anzac Day marching banner : 5 Machine Gun Battalion Association

Unit 5th Australian Machine Gun Battalion
Accession Number RELAWM17353.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Flag
Physical description Cotton; Metal; Silk
Maker Abel Screen Printers
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made Unknown
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

5 Machine Gun Battalion Association banner. The banner is made from two layers of black cotton fabric, edged on all sides with a 50 mm yellow furniture fringe. There are black and yellow screen printed silk panels sewn onto the banner. The centre panel depicts the unit colour patch (a yellow vertical rectangle within a black vertical rectangle) on a yellow shield. Above this is a scroll with the words, '5TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION.'. There are descending scrolls bearing battle honours on each side of this shield. Those on the left read, 'FROMELLES.', 'BULLECOURT.', 'POLYGON WOOD.'. Below these is a panel with 'A.I.F.'. The scrolls on the right read, 'SOMME. 1916-1918', 'YPRES.', 'AMIENS.'. Below these is a panel with '1914-1918.'. The side seams of the banner are open at the bottom, forming pockets to accept the carrying poles. There is a concealed pocket along the rear upper edge to receive a supporting dowling rod. A white maker's label is sewn to the rear lower left corner with the words in red, ''ABEL SCREEN PRINTERS 22 ABEL ST., GREENACRE, NSW PHONE - UL 4927'.

History / Summary

Marching banner used by members of the 5 Machine Gun Battalion Association at Anzac Day ceremonies in Sydney. After the 1973 ceremony, it was decided that insufficient members were still capable of marching, so the banner was retired and donated to the Australian War Memorial.