Sweetheart bracelet from World War I, cut out of a single piece of brass, probably a shell casing, in the shape of Australia. The bracelet is inscribed '3911 PTE. V. R. SEDGWICK AUST. CORPS CYCLIST BATT.' Victor Robin Sedgwick, from Hilton, South Australia, was 18 years old, just 5' 4 1/2" (164 cm) tall and working as a joiner when he enlisted on 25 August 1915. He needed his parents' permission to enlist, and selected his mother Mrs Rebecca Sedgwick of Davenport Terrace, Hilton, as his next of kin. It is likely that the bracelet belonged to her.
Victor embarked 7 February 1916 from Adelaide on the HMAT Miltiades at the rank of Acting Corporal. He was sent to Egypt then onto England, and served in France. He was fortunate to escape serious injury, and was only hospitalized for a period of sickness in France in 1918. He returned to Australia on 4 June 1919.
The bracelet was acquired by Museum Victoria in Ballarat, and may be associated with 'Welcome Home' banner HT 33622.
Bracelet cut out of a single piece of brass, featuring the crude shape of Australia with an inscription within. Both ends of the thin bracelet arms end in loops - one holds a wire fastener, and the other receives the wire.
Private Victor R. Sedgwick - Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 1915-1919
Possibly made in France during World War I.
Other Association (See Comments)
Inscribed within outline of Australia: '3911 / PTE. V. R. SEDGWICK / AUST. CORPS CYCLIST / BATT.'
Type of item
64 mm (Width), 50 mm (Depth), 31 mm (Height)