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Sergeants' mess members card owned by Len Uren


Sergeants' mess members card owned by Len Uren

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Physical description

A sergeants' mess membership card printed in black ink on a cream piece of cardboard. The card is folded in half with printed text on the front cover that partially reads 'Overseas Training Brigade. / COL. WATSON, V.D., C.B., Commandant. / Account No??? / SERGEANTS' MESSES, / 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, / LONGBRIDGE DEVERILL. / MEMBER'S CARD...'. When opened there is a printed table with printed and handwritten text that partially reads 'No 2069 RANK S/Sgt NAME Uren L.S...'. On the back the handwritten text reads 'Dad. / 22 Glyde St. / Cottersloe Beach. / Fred Uren. / 43 Godrick St / E Perth.'.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises a number of objects belonging to Leonard Sydney Uren (1894-1984), a member of the First Australian Imperial Force during World War 1, and later a well-respected dentist based in Penrith, NSW between the 1920s and 1970s. The collection includes personal correspondence, photographs, ephemera and memorabilia relating to the professional and personal aspects of Uren's wartime service, and lends insight into the acquisition of skills which would support his later career. All objects in this collection survive in a good state of conservation.

The 'Len Uren collection' allows for an exploration of the experiences of Australian servicemen during the 1915 Gallipoli landings and on the Western Front during World War 1. This collection illustrates the personal tragedies of war, as well as the professional opportunities offered by the AIF which shaped the lives of ex-servicemen. This collection offers access into the social and labour history of World War 1, and the transformation of professional dentistry in Australia during the early to mid twentieth-century.

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