Killed on Active Service badge. Said to have been presented to Elizabeth Murphy, mother of Private William Frederick Murphy, service number VX 60821, 2/10TH AAOC (Australian Army Ordnance Corps), World War II.
William Frederick Murphy enlisted at the Melbourne Town Hall on 1 August 1941, at the age of 34. He was an machine setter, was unmarried and still lived at his parents' home in Kensington at the time of his enlistment. He was sent to Singapore in January 1942, and was reported missing in April. He had became a prisoner of war, likely during the fall of Singapore. William died from illness (beriberi) in Thailand on 22 August 1943. He left all his possessions to his mother, who treasured the mementoes of his life.
The badge has the number A 7434 inscribed on the back. It is not William's service number, nor was used as a service number in World War II.
Part of a collection of material donated to Museum Victoria in 1988 by Miss Ida Murphy in memory of her brother William Murphy and her uncle Edward Pummeroy, who was killed during World War I.
Round metal badge with single bar attatched to the bottom.
Donation from Miss Ida Murphy, 06/10/1988
Private William F. Murphy - Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 1943-1946
Died on service.
On front: 'FOR AUSTRALIA' On back: 'ISSUED BY THE / C'WLTH GOVT / A...7434 / ANGUS & COOTE / 1942.'
Type of item
3.6 cm (Length), 2.8 cm (Width)