Search for war sou­venir

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

I AM aware that the time that has elapsed ( 100 years or so) makes my chance of suc­cess in this search slim.

My fa­ther was Frank James Pyne, sec­ond of four sons liv­ing in the Ed­mon­ton dis­trict, just south of Cairns.

World War I saw him en­list in 1914 ( Se­rial No. 209). He served in Egypt, Gal­lipoli and France. While in France a piece of shrap­nel struck the “ris­ing sun” badge on his tu­nic col­lar. The me­tal of the badge “cap­tured” the shrap­nel and to­gether with the thick­ness of the tu­nic col­lar un­doubt­edly saved his life.

To en­sure the safe­keep­ing of this in­cred­i­ble demon­stra­tion of for­tune, he sent the badge home to his fa­ther. For rea­sons best known only to him­self, fam­ily “leg­end” has his fa­ther selling the “sou­venir”.

If any­one in North Queens­land is aware of the ex­is­tence of this item, please know that I would love to see it.

My phone no is 4779 5203 and my email ad­dress is frankpyne@ big­pond. com

FRANK PYNE,

Aitken­vale.

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