4th (NSW) Battalion matchbox cover, c. 1917

Historical note: 

A carton of these souvenir matchbox covers was found in a bricked-up room in Birmingham, England. The room was once the working residence of a local silversmith.

The battle honours embossed on the cover end in 1917. We can only assume that the soldier who ordered the covers for his unit never returned to collect them. 

Materials: 
Silver
Category: 
Souvenirs and ephemera
Conflict: 
First World War (1914-18)
Location: 
Birmingham
England
Production Date: 
c. 1917

On this day

On this day
8 February

1942 — Japanese advances forced the Allied troops to retreat from Malaya and concentrate in SINGAPORE which was believed to be a impregnable fortress. On the day, Japanese forces crossed the Straits of Johore and began the invasion of Singapore. They were engaged by troops of the 22nd and 27th Brigades of the 8th Australian Division