Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, F049
Zuid Afrikaanse Republik or South African Republic Flag, pre-1902 but
"taken from a dug-out in Tobruk after the first advance into the town" during WW2.
Donor, Brigadier Kenneth McCormick, enlisted with 2 NZEF as a Colonel and Acting Director Medical Services (ADMS) in January 1940. He was promoted to Brigadier and Director of Medical Services (DMS), October 1940. He returned to NZ in April 1943.
The flag is marked "Q Curnahan RNVR", which implies the flag belonged (at least initially) to a member of the South African division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, which was South Africa's only real naval involvement at the beginning of WW2. South African land forces did take part in the Battle of Tobruk.
World War II
1 January 1939 to 31 December 1943
1 January 1837 to 22 January 1901
pre-Anglo Boer War
Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901), English reign
- 0 - Whole height : 1829mm
(6'0" x 11'5")
- 0 - Whole length : 3480mm
6 October 2010
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