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Old 23-10-17, 06:55 PM
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Is VX 190 would/could be a service number.The reason I'm asking is I have acquired during this week-end three Australian slip-on, one of which is to an Australian Lieutenant Colonel with this number on the back. Can someone help.

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Hello Jo

VX190 is the service number of Andrew Mclean.

The V in the service number indicates he enlisted in the State of Victoria.

The number 190 indicates he was a very early enlistee, in fact if you check the WW2 Nominal Roll you will see McLean enlisted in November 1939 and served through until 1946.

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Hello Jo

VX190 is the service number of Andrew Mclean.

The V in the service number indicates he enlisted in the State of Victoria.

The number 190 indicates he was a very early enlistee, in fact if you check the WW2 Nominal Roll you will see McLean enlisted in November 1939 and served through until 1946.

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WOW that was quick,thanks a million for the information. Sadly I can't access the nominal roll (steam driven old computer.....) but, is it possible to have a quick overview of his service.
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Here you go.

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Name MCLEAN, ANDREW THOMPSON
Service Australian Army
Service Number VX190
Date of Birth 22 Jun 1916
Place of Birth BRIGHTON, VIC
Date of Enlistment 2 Nov 1939
Locality on Enlistment MID BRIGHTON
Place of Enlistment SOUTH MELBOURNE, VIC
Next of Kin MCLEAN, BONA
Date of Discharge 15 Feb 1946
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Posting at Discharge AASC 6 AUST DIV
WW2 Honours and Gallantry Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Prisoner of War No

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Thank you very much Mick for your help,it is greatly appreciated.
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VX190 is the service number of Andrew Mclean.

The V in the service number indicates he enlisted in the State of Victoria.

The number 190 indicates he was a very early enlistee, in fact if you check the WW2 Nominal Roll you will see McLean enlisted in November 1939 and served through until 1946.

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The "X" also shows that this man was a volunteer, a member of the 2AIF.

A soldier from Victoria who was in the Militia would have had just the "V" as a prefix.

Here is an interesting tidbit that I once read in a book about the Australians in Malaya. An Australian jockey was working in Singapore, or Malaya.

When the 8th Division arrived he volunteered for the 2AIF and was given the prefix "MX". M for Malaya.
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Thanks for the information.Interesting.
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Appointed LT in 2 Cav Div AASC on 1 Feb 1938, CAPT 6 Aust Div AASC 13 Oct 1939, DAQMG (Staff Learner) HQ 6 Aust Div 16 Jan - 17 Nov 1941, DAQMG HQ 1 Aust Corps 18 Nov 1941-14 Apr 1942, thereafter A and Q appointments on HQ First Aust Army, HQ 5 Aust Div, Advanced LHQ, LHQ, etc. MAJ 25 Feb 1942, T/LTCOL 6 Aug 1942.

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Appointed LT in 2 Cav Div AASC on 1 Feb 1938, CAPT 6 Aust Div AASC 13 Oct 1939, DAQMG (Staff Learner) HQ 6 Aust Div 16 Jan - 17 Nov 1941, DAQMG HQ 1 Aust Corps 18 Nov 1941-14 Apr 1942, thereafter A and Q appointments on HQ First Aust Army, HQ 5 Aust Div, Advanced LHQ, LHQ, etc. MAJ 25 Feb 1942, T/LTCOL 6 Aug 1942.

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Well Keith, Thank you very much,these are quite good informations.Your help is greatly appreciated.

And the reason i found this slip-on in a Montreal badges fair.*
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mon...&pid=132692736

Again many thanks to all Aussie that helped me.

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* With this slip-on there was two other slip-on for,I suppose, an H/Capt/Chaplain, having pips made with purple thread.
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Is VX 190 would/could be a service number.The reason I'm asking is I have acquired during this week-end three Australian slip-on, one of which is to an Australian Lieutenant Colonel with this number on the back. Can someone help.

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G'day Gents, as a follow-up, I would like to show first the slip-on from my first question about Lt-Col. Andrew Thompson Maclean.
Second, I would like your comments on the two other slip-ons gotten at he the same time as the first one. What are they...for an Army Chaplain because of the pips purplish colour....???

Thirdly,the badges shown are, left,a 1stWW rising sun badge without any maker marks on the back.
The one on the right is a mystery. It is made of something resembling "plastic" with a slider made up of a piece of flimsy (very) metal strip painted brown.....it looks and feel very "home-made"....My question is. Is it a badge made to replace a lost one and made from an original one (a sand cast one).???

http://www.militaria.qc.ca/jo5.jpg

http://www.militaria.qc.ca/jo6.jpg

BTW,if any Australian collectors could be interested in those, please let me know.

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G'day Jo

Re your Rising Suns, the first is a good English made with a slider, we have never made badges with a slider. It would be a WW1 issue. However some allege that the slidered RS were issued to the Light Horse, however I have one from a family member who was in the 22nd Battalion and know of one still on its slouch hat that belonged to a 24th Battalion man. So it could have been issued to any Aussie Digger.

The second one is pure rubbish and should be consigned to the nearest rubbish bin, sorry.


Re the slip on's I really cant say but maybe the ones with the purple colouring could be for Engineers and or Signals as the sigs were part of the Engineers in WW1 and their facing colour was purple.

Pm sent.

I hope that this helps.

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