The Mystery of the 2/18th Bugle
On the 6th March, 2007, the webmaster of 2/18th web site was contacted with the following -
If you could be of assistance in this matter.
I am trying to locate a (Postal) mailing address for the above Association.
I recently purchased a bugle on EBay with the Battalion Motto engraved on the bell, the bugle was in a broken and totally unusable state and I wish to find a little about it's background, it appears to have been a rubbish tip find by the seller.
The purpose of the mailing address is to allow me to forward what information I have (i.e. photos).
The response was -
To which Wayne responded on 17 Mar, 2007 -
Here are the photos that Wayne has so kindly provided -
So if you know or can suggest anything about this bugle, we'd love to hear from you via our Feedback page.
2/18 Battalion Presentation Bugle
Some of us have read 2/18th. History, can you help solve the 2/18 Presentation Bugle mystery?. Bugles of course have been an instrument of war ever since it was discovered that a buffalo horn could convey a signal over vast distances.
One of the simplest of all wind or brass instruments yet the bugle can take up to two years to master.
During W.W.1 the bugle generally became obsolete in the field owing to the introduction of electronic means of communication, however, today the "Bugle Call" tradition remains in place to regulate the soldiers routine in camp life and of course for Ceremonial purposes.
It's not unusual to find significant pieces of militaria including bugles ending up as presentation pieces within private collections and (or) museums.
A recent find on one of the many Internet Auctions turned up one of these militaria collectables in the form of an engraved, silver plate W.W.2 presentation bugle. This blackened and broken specimen purchased at the bottom end of the $ bracket failed to secure any other bids. The previous owner was selling off over 30 years of family collectables and has no knowledge of it's past history.
The British manufacturers label "John Grey" [as] on this particular item began to appear within the Commonwealth Military around 1911.
The true potential of this Ceremonial gem was realised following hours of repair work, also taking into account the preservation of accumulated historical character. The question is, why did this battered, valueless item become a valued 2/18th. Presentation piece. Can you help?.
Want more? visit, http://www.218battalion.org.au/history.htm
And here is more. Thanks to Wayne's investigations we've found reference to both a similar bugle and former Bandmaster of the 2/18th Battalion, Sgt. N.H. Whittaker. Sgt Whittaker is show with a bugle at Stadium camp Thailand (Bangkok). We're not allowed to reproduce the picture with out paying an exorbitant fee, so we will post the links here for you to review. Click on the following and a new page will open for each.
But wait there is even more! Thanks to Wendy Wilcocks, the Association archivist, so history of a couple of bugles has been uncovered. See the article "Extracts from early newsletters solve some of the mystery of the Bugle".
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