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1914-18 war • Australian Imperial Force

• Photographs of Commonwealth troops have found their way into family albums through wartime friendships.

• Recognising Australian soldiers:- Look for the "rising sun" collar badges
Australian soldierAustralian collar badgeAustralian hat badgeAustralian collar badge

This soldier is wearing the Australian infantry tunic which has the distinctive "poachers" pockets and is self belted.
It has five plain drab coloured composite Early type of plastic buttons.
Brass buttons seem to be worn mainly by mounted and Corps troops.
Australian brass button
His shoulder title is INF over AUSTRALIA.
His slouch hat is cocked with the large Australian " Rising Sun " badge.
There are smaller versions on each collar. It is from these collar badges we usually identify an Australian soldier especially when he is wearing a British tunic as some did late in the war.

The cloth shoulder battalion patch would tell us his Unit if we could see the colours. It is a disc which signifies 4th Division and divided horizontally, which usually signifies Infantry.
You may occasionaly see a brass letter 'A' on the battalion patch which inicates that the man had served with the ANZACS at Gallipoli. The Australian Light Horse wore a hat with emu plumes.

• above Photographer: Chapman Swansea

Above photograph • On the reverse in ink: With very best wishes from Dave.
Hubert Dees- 12th Light Horse6014 P.E.Ford-12th AIFANZAC & Wound stripe
E.A.Johnsonsignaller & wound stripeBert- 4th Div & 2 wound stripes