The AIF team flag
The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) cricket team was formed in 1919 from Australian servicemen. This team flag belonged to wicketkeeper Bert Oldfield who served as a corporal with the 15th Field Ambulance during the war and went on to serve as Australia's leading wicketkeeper from 1922 to 1937.
The AIF team was formed by Corps Headquarters in London to provide entertainment for the thousands of battle-weary Australian soldiers in Europe at the end of the First World War. The team played 34 matches in England, recording 15 wins, 15 losses and four draws, and then, at the insistence of the Minister of Defence, toured South Africa on the way home. Six men from the AIF team went on to play for Australia.
The cotton AIF team flag with a map of Europe and the Union Jack screen-printed in red, white and blue. The flag is approximately 420 mm wide and 250 mm high. Photo: George Serras.
Left: The AIF cricket team at Lord's Cricket Ground in England in 1919. Bert Oldfield is in the back row on the far right. Courtesy: Australian War Memorial, Negative Number D00685.