Deceased Soldier's Kit

Production date
1939-1941
Description
Cloth bag addressed to Mr B. Jonas, Onaero, Waitara, North Taranaki, New Zealand, with the words deceased soldier's kit' on outside.
Contents of bag: "Hussif" (housewife) sewing kit, cloth, with thread, safety pin, button ; Round leather container with Egyptian decoration, contains identification tag ; Leather wallet, has D.H. Jonas written on inside flap ; Soldier's pay book for Donald Jonas ; Zephyr tobacco wrapper (Not contemporary??) ; Address book, inscribed 5043 Pte D.H. Jonas.
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Production date
1939-1941
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Donald Hugh Jonas was a farmer from Onaero, north of Waitara. When World War Two broke out he, like many other young men, enlisted and fought in the Western Desert campaign in Northern Africa. He died from his wounds in 1941, and this kit was sent home to his family in Onaero. Kits like these would have been all many New Zealand families got back from their loved ones killed at war.
Accession number
PA2013.084
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Pte. DONALD HUGH JONAS. Son of William King Jonas and of Margaret Glendenning Jonas (nee Purdie), of Onaero, Taranaki. https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C27567?w=World+War+II%2c+1939-1945&n=d+h+jonas&from=%2Fwar-memorial%2Fonline-cenotaph%2Fsearch&ordinal=0

- WWII Researcher on 21-11-2021 22:36:30

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