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Sopwith Camel brooch


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Associated with the service of Walter Edwin Betts. Betts was born on 1 June 1898 in the United Kingdom. He served with the Royal Naval Air Service and then the Royal Air Force during the First World War. During his service he made small Sopwith Camel brooches to give to his female relatives. In 1923 he emigrated with his wife, Muriel, to Australia. During the Second World War he enlisted in the 2nd AIF, serving with 2/2 Army Field Workshops in Egypt and Greece. Betts was captured by the Germans in Greece and imprisoned at Stalag 18A at Gratz, Austria. As a private he was able to be put to work by the Germans under the Geneva Convention. One of his jobs during his captivity at Stalag 18A was to work as a handyman for the Gratz tramways. Betts returned to Australia and was discharged on 9 April 1946. He died on 13 November 1981.