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Memorabilia Display

The Sub-Branch has an improving display of memorabilia from WWI onwards. Donations and loans are always welcomed.  

Some of our prized possessions are:

1. There are believed to have been three young men from the Brighton area that died in service to their country in Vietnam. A memorial flag was presented to the family of each and carried in the Welcome Home Parade for Vietnam Veterans in Sydney on 3 October 1987. One of these soldiers was Private Rodney Chapman, 2 Royal Australian Regiment, Royal Australian Infantry. On 20th November 1987 in the Sub-Branch Clubrooms the flag was presented by President EW (Ted) Lambert to Arthur Chapman, a Sub-Branch member and father of Rodney. Arthur immediately asked for the flag to be kept at the Clubrooms as a reminder of the sacrifice of so many young Australians in a war not of our own choosing.  It has been proudly carried each year in our Anzac Day dawn service since. The Sub-branch organised a plaque in remembrance of Rodney to be placed on the Arch of Remembrance, Brighton Jetty in 2013. It is situated on the inside of the northern stanchion.

2. The service medals of Nurse Millie Dorsch, a resident of the Brighton area killed in action during WWII. Her medals were presented to the Sub-Branch.

3. The service medals of Cedric and William Daggett. Cedric served in WWI in the 23rd Northumberland Fusiliers, British Army, and was killed at Armentieres in France in 1917. He had previously been awarded the Military Cross. His younger brother William was living in Australia at the outbreak of WWI and served in the 7th Light Horse, landing at Gallipoli in May 1915. He also served in WWII and later lived in Warradale and was a member of the Sub-Branch. The brothers medals were donated to the Sub-Branch after William’s death.

12.7.2011 The Griffiths Family through member Brenton Griffiths presented to the Club an original Japanese Officer’s WWII sword. Secondly from member Marie Pethick – a beautiful framed print of the Menin Gate in Belgium. The original is in the War Memorial in Canberra. Marie also donated several prints of WWI action by Sir Ivor Hele. Hele was commissioned by the Government in WWII to paint 6 pictures which depicted Australian servicemen during the 1914-1918 conflict. These prints are on display in the Memorabilia area and the Office.