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Australian 2/28th btn POW great coat.

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    Default Australian 2/28th btn POW great coat.

    Hi All,

    Here is a great coat I have had for a fair while but have never posted.

    It is a 1944 dated British greatcoat that belonged to John Edward Skipworth, a West Australian that was a member of the 2/28th Battalion.

    27th July 1942 he was captured by the Germans on "Ruin Ridge" during the first battle of El Alamein. He then spent the rest of the war in numerous different German POW camps.

    26th April 1945 he was returned to the UK as a returned P.W. I believe it was at this time or soon after his liberation that he was issued this British pattern greatcoat and probably applied insignia in the UK for his return to Australia.

    Thanks
    Jason

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    A nice piece and great research! What sources did you use for research?
    And I spy a nice Aussie nurses collection too?

    Cheers,
    Oz.

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    Thanks, I was lucky that his records were already digitised by the national archives and I matched the dates of his being listed as MIA with the actions of the 2/28th (actually most of the battalion were taken PW that day). I do have some Australian nurses stuff. Have a couple of the grey uniforms, AANS hat and that group in the display case along with her photo albums and some papers.44

    Jason

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    What is the "T" patch? Nice coat!
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Australian units used color patches rather than US style unit patches. The shape of the patch identified the division then the internal colors show the battalion/regiment, the grey border shows it is a AIF unit. The 9th division went to the T shaped patch after serving in the Middle East, some say it was for there service at Tobruk.

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    excellent greatcoat, very well researched, you have a great collection of uniform

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    Thank you! Iv been lucky to get some nice pieces over time.

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    Super cool Jason. Great to see you here mate.

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    Thanks mate! Good to see a familiar face.

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    Geez who let this bloke on the forum? LOL Nice one mate, love this great coat! As I have already told you a million times 2 out of my 3 great uncles in the 2/28th were captured on Ruin Ridge.

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