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Hold the phone, Archie’s just bought a very big badge!

Archie Chrystall, 7, with his accidental and magnificently successful online auction bid: a 3.4-metre-high Big Rising Sun. Photo: Andrew Foley Archie Chrystall, 7, with his accidental and magnificently successful online auction bid: a 3.4-metre-high Big Rising Sun. Photo: Andrew Foley

Online shopping has its advantages, but when 7-year-old Archie Chrystall was asked to hold his dad’s phone which was logged into a live auction for a three-by-five metre ‘statue’ of the Rising Sun badge – and won – well, it’s a good thing Dad’s in the habit of buying large military paraphernalia.

“I was buying a second tank,” Ralph Chrystall explained to Dubbo Photo News, “and that’s another story, but I asked Archie to hold the phone... and yes, we had some explaining to do to his mum.”

Seeing it on the back of a semi as it passed through Dubbo on Sunday, May 20, it can only be imagined how that explanation unfolded.

If Archie looked as cute as he does in this photograph, decked out in slouch hat and army jacket, it’s pretty easy to see how Mum had to go along with it.

Ralph has since sold the glorious statue to Gilgandra.

“It has a new home with the Gilgandra community to be put in place to honour the Coo-ee Marches of 1915, and also a memorial to all personnel that have fallen serving Australia,” Ralph said.

“Clearly Archie answered ‘the call’,” he added proudly.

The Big Rising Sun measures exactly 3.4 metres high and 4.8 metres long and is believed to be the only one in existence, making it the biggest on record. It was originally built for the Bi-centennial tour of 1988 by the Australian Government.

“I’m really happy that Gilgandra Council and community have taken the Big Rising Sun on and to see it go to such a great town with a deep military history with the Coo-ee March,” Ralph said.