Summary

Programme for the Australian Flying Corps Boxing Championship, held at the subscription rooms, Stroud, England, 27 & 28 September, 1918, at 8:30pm.

Small light brown coloured booklet, with paper cover. On the cover is an image of two kangaroos standing between a blue and red flag with black inscription in scroll with boxing gloves hanging from it, and a picture of two boxers standing in a boxing ring.

Apparently relates to serviceman Alan Horner.

Alan Horner was born in Castlemaine, Victoria, and became a grocer. He joined the Cadets as a youth and was serving in Area 66 as a 2nd Lieutenant when he enlisted in the AIF at the age of 18, on 11 September 1914. He embarked from Australia on 21 October 1914. He joined his unit at Gallipoli on 15 May 1915, just 20 days after the first landing. He was wounded on 8 August, and on 10 August was admitted to the No.2 Field Ambulance Dressing Station suffering 'debility and shock'. He was transferred to a casualty clearing station, and sent to England by ship. He was admitted to Wandsworth Hospital, England, on 23 August suffering a 'disability' that was 'not stated as being serious'. He remained in England from that point on, and in September 1916 was attached to the AAPC (Australian Army Pay Corps). In January 1918 he was reprimanded for the offence of being 'improperly dressed', failing to wear 'chevrons and distinguishing colours'. Weeks later he was admitted to hospital again, this time with influenza (just prior to the 'Spanish Flu' pandemic). In May 1918 he began a cadetship with the Australian Flying Corps, and in June was an RAF cadet, 'training as flying officer (Pilot)'.

Horner was a 2nd Corporal when repatriated to Australia from overseas in December 1918. He was discharged from military service on 23 March or 13 May 1919 (some variation in dates of discharge recorded) - due to being medically unfit due to an accident while not on military service. He later applied for a War Service home.

Description of Content

PROGRAMME FOR AUSTRALIAN FLYING CORPS. BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP, SUBSCRIPTION ROOMS STROUD, SEPTEMBER 27TH AND 28TH, 1918 - 8:30PM .

Physical Description

Light brown coloured book, with two kangaroos standing between a blue and red type flag with black inscription in scroll with boxing gloves hanging from it, and a picture of two boxers standing in a boxing ring. 4 page booklet with paper cover. Contains details of each boxing match, names of the organisers, and names of the competitors. This was a charity competition, with proceeds to be devoted to the New Military Hospitals, Tetbury, through the Australian Red Cross Fund.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Military Memorabilia Collection, Returned and Services League (RSL) Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Leisure, Politics & Society, Social Spaces & Youth

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mrs Yvonne Van Veen, 03/1987

  • Date Used

    Corporal Alan Horner, Stroud, England, Great Britain, 22 Sep 1918-23 Sep 1918

  • Inscriptions

    Front cover "Australian Flying Corps Programme Boxing Championship of A.F.C. in England." Subscription Rooms, Stroud. Sept 27th & 28th 1918 at 8:30pm.With two kangaroos standing between a blue and red type flag with black inscription in scroll with boxing gloves hanging from it, and a picture of two boxers standing in a boxing ring. Inside A.F.C. Symbol (per Ardua Ad Astra), Boxing Championship of A.F.C. in England. Rules: Imperial Services Boxing Association. Patron: H.M. The King. Name of Officials (Referee, Judges, Time-keepers, Ring Manager, Register Keeper, Stewards, Medical Officers. Hon Sec, Hon Treas. Proceeds to be devoted to New Military Hospitals, Tetbury through Australian Red Cross Funds. Programme: Friday 27th September 1918, 6 2 minutes' rounds 1 minute interval. (Featherweight, Welterweight, Lightweight, Middleweight). Saturday 28th September 1918, 8 2 minutes' rounds 1 minute interval, (Featherweight Final, Welterweight Final, Lightweight Final, Middleweight Final). Also a results page which has not been completely filled out. Back cover The Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Rising sun.

  • Classification

    Military history, Souvenirs & mementoes, Programs

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Technology

  • Type of item

    Document

  • Overall Dimensions

    185 mm (Length), 121 mm (Width)

  • Keywords

    Boxing, Military Memorabilia, Sport, Wars & Conflicts, World War I, 1914-1918