I picked up a named pair of binoculars the other day. There isn't anything that special about them, they're not even especially well made. But the name on the case reveals a rather interesting history!
The lid of the case bears the inscription... H. L. Barclay. Lieut, 40th Bt A. I. F
This is of course the famous 'Tasmania's Own' which was raised in February 1916. The only markings on the binoculars are 'Made in France' and TASMANIA 80 which is inscribed on one of the focusing barrels. Lt Barclay is mentioned several times in the battalion history... Although the battalion history records his name as H. C Barclay in this entry, it is a miss-print which is corrected where he is mentioned later. There was only one officer named Barclay in the 40th.