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Australian WWII - Far North Queensland Metal detecting and recovery

Article about: Hi Blokes ~ I am posting this as an going blog for interested parties that have been following my fossicking of (extensive) WWII ~ Far North Qld Australia . This area has been described in r

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    Fossick #413

    ( I missed last Saturday completely )

    A bewt NW breeze till 10:00 then it got real hot ~ 32 and 90 % humidity ~ so we called it a day ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Dwayne and I headed out early ~ as in on site 06:15 ~

    We both had a run on (*&_) Aluminum water drum bungs ~ I have plenty of them so left my seven for future generations ~

    I also had mini run on (5) battery terminals ! All in separate holes ~ including the drum bungs ~

    The epitome of Optimism ~ a Curlew nest ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Three AMF buttons including an Officer’s cap band button~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    I really am bemused at the sort of impact bent these buttons ~ The top one ~ Wow!

    Merete is sceptical about the T piece I am adamant it is a simple trench art piece dedicated to the 9 Div.

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    SMLE drop weight cleaning rod ~

    The top piece (RH top) is scrap value solid Brass ~

    KG VI 1/2 Roo Penny ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Maybe a 8.57 Italian Mauser?

    As suggested leave the seven bungs and three battery terminals for future fossickers.. I know but that is me ~ generous ~

    Dwayne had a reasonable day as well ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    The simple Trench art 9th Div T is a real treasure as simple as it is ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Metal detecting 1943 ~ check out the size of the puppy ~ definitely harness job !

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    3928185 ATHERTON TABLELANDS QLD. 1943 07 02. SAPPERS OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERS 9TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION SWEEPING WITH MINE DETECTORS

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Note Divisional patch on his hat
    4115378 ATHERTON, QLD. 1943 10 21. VX57458 PRIVATE W. CONWAY OF THE 9TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, KNITTING SOCKS IN HIS SPARE TIME.

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    3919563 ATHERTON, QLD. 1943 07 05. GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR CONGRATULATES VX48771 MAJOR K. F. MOLLARD DSO, OFFICER IN CHARGE, GUARD OF HONOUR, AFTER THE INSPECTION.


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    Well after several weeks of Horrendous extreme temperatures here in tropical North QLD ~ we are now being pounded by Horrendous Storms.


    Weds after I returned to home base to avoid the 37 deg temps ~ a huge storm front swept in for the W NW~ We were on the road at the heading into Atherton to claim warranty on my third Camera ~


    ( Yep killed another one ~ and no we do not have the use or desire to own a Smart phone ~ So Harvey Norman paid the full value warranty and I have a Nikon A900 on order ! S o photos limited ! Having a bad run a new Equinox 800 [not bad thing!] )


    Anyway the road was totally "white'd" out ~ and HAIL ~ wondered the bangs were on the vehicle ~ Hail in FNQ ~ What the ~

    The down pour was so severe in fact it flooded via the ceiling ~ the Woolworth inc. plaza closing the place down ~

    Anyway perfect day early with a NE breeze and now a cloud in the sky ~ But by 10:00 the breeze dropped off ~

    I must be acclimatising as I stuck at it till around 13:00 before packing up and heading home ~ I even detoured to go jump in the lake~ but the water still felt too warm ~ It was then I noticed the ambient temp was 37~

    Good day ~ a nice surprise find just as i headed back ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    A Major's Cap badge ( or possibly Warrant Officer Second Class badge ~ )

    Penny KG VI 1943

    1/2 Penny KG VI 1942

    Razor back plate

    Spoon stamped ~ Dept. Defence D/i\D

    Lockwood pads *2

    Oil water drum bung brass

    Mystery item ~ no idea



    The debate is still on the Badge but erring strongly toward the Major's badge ~

    An email from mate who spent 35 years in the Army ~ and was a Major in his final; years ~


    Okay~ even more details of the Badge ~

    I messaged my Mate Bob who only recently resigned his commission as a Major in the Aust DF - Army ~

    (Dare I suggest it is a cap badge~ as it has a single pin on the back ~ but evidence of a second

    Seems the web is a very limited information source in this respect.)

    (As found )

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery



    " This is a Kings (VI) Crown (queens crown is more convex).

    The crown badge is worn by a Major, on the epaulettes.

    The badge of rank for a Warrant Officer Class 2 (or WO2 , but never WO 2nd Class) is also a crown.

    But is a woven cloth badge worn on the sleeve.

    So I’d be very certain this one was worn by a Major."
    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    RAAF Sergeant Major Class 2 (Warrant Officer Class 2), adjusting a bomb sight on a Supermarine Walrus amphibian aircraft. II


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    Well the beat continues ~ a reply from Stuart, our on board Sqd. Ldr.

    " Hi all

    Pretty sure its a Majors rank badge that may have even been sewn on to a cap.

    But these size crowns were also worn by WO2s in tropical areas on a wristlet when sleeves were rolled up that then hid the sewn on WO2 badge. Although mainly UK thing other Commonwealth countries including Australia did this as well.

    I recall the Canadian Infantry WO's we worked with in Iraq all wore wristlets.

    History of the RSM's badge, WO1 and WO2

    You may remember this example from "It aint half hot mum" (Thats Ocker in the pith helmet.......)

    Regards

    Laney "

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

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